Faculty - Gary Ford
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: Carman Hall, Room 291
Office Hours: T, 5:00pm-6:15pm, or by appointment
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A., Harvard University; J.D. Columbia University - Columbia Law School; M.F.A., The New School; Ph.D., University of Maryland
Gary L. Ford, Jr. obtained a B.A. cum laude in African American Studies from Harvard University, a J.D. from Columbia Law School of Columbia University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, and a Ph.D in American Studies with a concentration in African American Studies from the University of Maryland.
His teaching and research interests include African American History from slavery to the present, African American Literature, Caribbean Literature, African American Women’s Literary Expression, Afrofuturism, Black Culture in The United States, Black Writers, Portrayals of Blackness in the Media and the Arts, African Americans and the Law, and Race and Social Justice.
His publications include:
- “Constance Baker Motley: A Trailblazer in the Legal Profession”, in Women Who Made History: Historians Present Documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection (The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 2020), 108-115
- Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law (University of Alabama Press, 2017) (see press coverage of book in New York Times and Connecticut Public Radio and WNYC)
- "The New Jim Crow: Male and Female, South and North, From Cradle to Grave, Perception and Reality: Racial Disparity and Bias in America’s Criminal Justice System," Rutgers Race & The Law Review, Vol. 11 (2010)
- “Legal Outsourcing” (with Devin Janosov), Federal Bar Council News, Vol. XIII (2006)
He is a producer of the documentary Justice Is A Black Woman: The Life and Work of Constance Baker Motley (Quinnipiac University, 2013). For more on this documentary and on his book, see here.
In 2021, he was selected to be one of twenty-five participants in the NEH summer program Hurston on the Horizon: Past, Present, and Future at the University of Kansas, where he learned about Zora Neale Hurston's legacy as a folklorist, ethnographer, and mother of modern-day Africana Studies.