Our Team

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


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.

Janet Moore is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and co-director of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. She teaches in the area of criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and civil rights litigation. Her research focuses empowering low-income people to reduce the scope and impact of the carceral state. Her work draws on critical theory and involved interdisciplinary, community-based research partnership.

Dean Verna Williams  is the creator of and faculty adviser for UCSocialJustice Blog. As the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law at University of Cincinnati College of Law, Verna taught 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.  Now, she is Interim Dean of the College of Law.

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.

Brittany Triggs (’19) and Rachel Herrle (’20) 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.

Nikita Srivastava (’19), Monica Welker (’19), and Johnnie Fitzpatrick (’20) are the blog’s Content and Contributing Editors.