Sora Y. Han

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Professor, Criminology, Law & Society
School of Social Ecology
Participating Faculty, Comparative Literature
School of Humanities
Affiliated Faculty
School of Law
Core Faculty, African American Studies
School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, History of Consciousness
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Comparative Ethnic Studies
Phone: (949) 824-0050
Fax: (949) 824-3001
University of California, Irvine
2319 Social Ecology 2
Mail Code: 7080
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Slavery and American Law; Critical Theory; Race, Gender, Sexuality Studies; Psychoanalysis
UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow 2006-2008
to regard a wave (Selva Oscura Press, April 2024).
Mu, 49 Marks of Abolition (Duke University Press, March 2024).
“Res Nulla Loquitur” in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, vol. 32, issue 2, pp. 146-165 (2022), DOI: 10.1080/0740770X.2023.2261712 (17 November 2023).
Review of R.A. Judy, Sentient Flesh: Thinking in Disorder, Poiesis in Black, “Love-Improper, in Deed” for Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 60, no. 1 (2023).
“Res Nulla Loquitur: A Multimedia Essay in Seven Parts” in b2o (February 2022).
“The Devil’s Choice: Slavery and the Logic of the Vel,” co-authored with Jared Sexton, in Esoteric Lacan, edited by Phillipp Valentini and Mahdi Tourage (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), pp. 141-159.
Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law, 3rd Edition, co-authored with David Oppenheimer, Sheila Foster and Richard Ford (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020).
“Poetics of Mu” (2018),
"Slavery as Contract: Betty's Case and the Question of Freedom," Law & Literature, vol. 27, issue 3 (2015): 395-416.
Letters of the Law: Race and the Fantasy of Colorblindness in American Law, Stanford University Press (2015).
“Equal Protection’s Dead End, or the Slave’s Undying Claim” in Anne Richardson Oakes (ed.), Controversies in Equal Protection Cases in America: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2015), pp. 49-64.
Abolition: At Issue, In Any Case” in Lateral, Issue 3 (Spring 2014).
"The Purloined Prisoner” in Theoretical Criminology, vol. 16, no. 2 (June 2012).
Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law: Cases, Codes, Constitutions, and Commentary, co-authored with David Oppenheimer and Sheila Foster (Foundation Press, Fall 2012).
Professional Societies
American Studies Association
Law and Society Association
Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities
Other Experience
African American Studies 2021—2023
Culture & Theory Ph.D. Program 2018—2021
Graduate Programs
Culture and Theory
Research Centers
Center for Law, Society and Culture
Center on Law, Equality and Race
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