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)
Chair, Subcommittee on Prisoner Education, American Bar Association (2014-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
Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law, Saint Louis, MO (2010-2013)
"Raza Islamica: Prisons, Hip Hop &
Converting Converts," in HIP HOP AND THE
LAW: THE KEY WRITINGS THAT FORMED THE MOVEMENT (CAROLINA ACADEMIC PRESS 2015) (republished
from the BERKELEY LA RAZA L.J. 175 (2012)).
Shackles Beyond the Sentence: How Legal
Financial Obligations Create a Permanent
SCH. IMPACT CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEREST L. 46
Gender Violence-Transcript from Converge!
Reimagining the Movement to End Gender
Violence, 5 MIAMI RACE AND SOC. JUST. L.
REV. 289 (2015).
Evolving Standards of Domination: Abandoning a Flawed Legal Standard and Approaching a New Era in Penal Reform,
90 CHICAGO-KENT L. REV. 495 (2015).
“How Mass Incarceration Underdevelops Latino Communities,”
in U.S. LATINOS AND CRIMINAL INJUSTICE (MICHIGAN STATE U. PRESS 2015).
Foreword: From LatCrit to LatCrit 2.0—Institutionalizing a Movement and Cultivating
Next-Generation Scholarship, 47 JOHN MARSHALL
L. REV. 1167 (2014).
“Religion in Prisons,” in Gary Laderman & Luis Leon, eds., RELIGION AND AMERICAN CULTURES: TRADITION, DIVERSITY AND POPULAR EXPRESSION (2ND ED.) (ABC-CLIO 2014).
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).