Our Team

UC Social Justice is the work of Cincinnati Law’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice’s team:  three Co-Directors, the law school’s Director of College Relations, a program assistant and two student program associates.


Emily Houh is the Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of Law and Contracts at the  University of Cincinnati College of Law.  She co-directs the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice and teaches contracts, commercial law, and critical race theory.  Her scholarship focuses on the interaction between contract law, critical race theory, and socioeconomic (in)equality.

Kristin Kalsem is the Charles Hartsock Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice.  She teaches in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy, and feminist legal theory, law, and literature.  Her research focuses on intimate partner abuse, commercial law, bankruptcy, feminist legal theory, and law and literature.

Verna Williams  is managing and contributing editor of UCSocialJustice and co-director of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. As the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law at University of Cincinnati College of Law, Verna teaches constitutional law, family law, and gender and the law.  Her research examines the intersection of race, gender, and class in various aspects of society, including education.

Administrative Team

Sherry Y. English, Director of College Relations, is  responsible for directing marketing communications for the law school. Sherry has over 15 years experience in the Cincinnati/Dayton (OH) markets, working for for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Jennie Edelstein, is our program coordinator. Previously employed with Northwestern University, Jennie assists the Center in programming and event coordination.

Katie Gaines (’18) and David Lopez-Kurts (’18) are the Center’s Program Assistants. They assist the Center directors in implementing programs and ensuring that programming meets the needs of UC Law students.

Nikki Srivastava (’19) is the blog’s Content Editor.