Education: J.D., 2009 University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Ph.D., 2006 University of California, Santa Barbara
M.T.S., 2000 Harvard Divinity School
B.A., magna cum laude, 1998 University of Houston
Associate Professor, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2013-present)
Fellow, Institute for Social Policy & Understanding, Washington D.C. (2012-present)
Board of Governors, Society of American Law Teachers (2012-present)
Visiting Professor, Seattle University School of Law (Summer 2013)
Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law, Saint Louis, MO (2010-2013)
Stephanie Smith Ledesma, Experiential Learning as Critical Pedagogy: Enhancing the Law School Experience, 38 NOVA L.J. 249 (2014).
Spectacular or Specious? A Critical Review of The Spectacular Few: Prisoner Radicalization and the Evolving Terrorist Threat, 39 T. MARSHALL L. REV. 225 (2014).
Mary Rachel Gould, Introduction—20 Years after the Education Apocalypse: The Ongoing Fall Out from the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill, 33 SAINT LOUIS U. PUB. L. REV. 283 (2014).
Muslim Radicalization in Prison: Responding with Sound Penal Policy or the Sound of Alarm?, 49 GONZAGA L.R. (2014).
Legal Punishment as Civil Ritual: Making Cultural Sense of Harsh Punishment, 82 MISS. L.J. 1 (2013).
FACTS AND FICTIONS ABOUT ISLAM IN PRISON: ASSESSING PRISONER RADICALIZATION IN POST-9/11
AMERICA, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL POLICY & UNDERSTANDING (2013).
Religion as Rehabilitation: Reflections on Islam in the Correctional Setting, 34 WHITTIER L. REV. 29 (2012).
Priorities of Pedagogy: Classroom Justice in the Law School Setting, 48 CAL. WEST. L. REV. 467 (2012).
Raza Islamica: Prisons, Hip Hop & Converting Converts, 22 BERKELEY LA RAZA L.J. 175 (2012).
Why Obama is Black: Language, Law & Structures of Power, 1 COLUM. J. RACE & L. 468 (2012).