The Georgetown Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives (MCRP) is one of Georgetown’s newest law journals and one of the few law journals in the country dedicated to legal scholarship on race and identity.
We were founded in 2007 by an extraordinarily driven group of students who were inspired by their experiences with critical race theorists here at Georgetown and who saw the establishment of a race and identity law journal as a meaningful kind of activism. We produce two issues per year.
MCRP exists to provide both a forum for scholarship by academics, students and practitioners who are committed to racial justice and to provide a rigorous editorial experience for students who have the same goal. In our first year, our staff included students of all racial, ethnic, religious, and geographic backgrounds and we hope to maintain this crucial diversity.
Because we have grown directly out of personal passion, we have many unique qualities that distinguish us from other journals.
Critical Race Theory
We are grounded in critical race theory and our organization is animated by the principles of this movement.
Critical race theory examines race and identity with the goal of addressing and transforming the subordinated relationships that have historically defined race around the world. Founders of this provocative, intellectually and psychologically sophisticated field include our own Mari Matsuda, Charles Lawrence and Gary Peller. MCRP is committed to providing a platform for critical race theorists, and to incorporating the principle of anti-subordination into our organization itself.
What does that mean? Inclusion of all members’ interests in decision-making, open communication at all times between Board members and staff, an atmosphere of concern for the well-being of our members, and humane policies that acknowledge the place journal membership holds among your other priorities as a student and adult.