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APPEAL welcomes members to join us in advancing law and political economy through research, education and policy.  Our interests and goals include:

  • Understanding the economy as a system interconnected with law and government
  • Questioning policies and theories that assume self-regulating or optimizing markets
  • Expanding the possibilities for policies responding to inequality, insecurity, and environmental destruction
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Law and Political Economy 

Monthly Mentoring “Office Hours":
April 16, 2021
from 5-6pm EDT 
(UTC-4) via zoom (link will be provided to accepted registrants)

Registration & Deadline: was 
Sunday April 11. Space is limited.  

Who: We welcome new & aspiring scholars, graduate and professional students, and others interested in careers in Law and Political Economy to join us in our first of a series of opportunities to talk in small groups with faculty about academic interests and career strategies. 

Co-sponsored by The Association for the Promotion of Political Economy & the Law (APPEAL) and the Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project. 

Participating Faculty: 

Prof. Deborah Dinner, Emory University, Law

Prof. Abby Reyes, UC Irvine Community Resilience Projects; UC Irvine Law

Prof. Noah Zatz, UCLA Law 

More on Participating Faculty Interests and Expertise: 


Prof. Deborah Dinner: 


Academic Interests: Legal history, gender and the law, antidiscrimination law and social welfare alternatives, employment discrimination and employment law, family law. I am completing a book that examines the evolution of sex equality law and the legal regulation of work and family, from the mid-1960s to the present. I have published articles about feminist struggles respecting childcare, pregnancy discrimination, labor regulation, and public accommodations. I am starting a new project about the legal history of classification debates in private insurance, which will analyze sex discrimination in insurance rating among other topics.


Career Topics of Interest: navigating joint-degree programs and the competing demands of humanities and legal scholarship; the job market and appointments; the pre-tenure experience; challenges and opportunities for newly post-tenured faculty  


Prof. Abby Reyes

Academic Interests: law and social movements: race, place, and climate change; just transition; earthrights’ defender defense; creating conditions to shift research and teaching from community engagement to community ownership; practices of transformative social movements; increasing capacity for community-driven climate resilience and COVID-19 response.  For more, see her interview on Law and Political Economy Blog.


Career Topics of Interest: Insider/outsider questions: cultivating discernment when choosing whether/how to work within dominant institutions and structures; integrating popular education methods and embodiment practices into law curriculum; working with students’ existential anxiety about contemporary social and planetary crises in the classroom; getting/staying rooted in community; strategic questioning as a community visioning and action planning tool; public interest and alternative law career paths.


Prof. Noah Zatz


Research Interests: My research has focused on the legal construction of “work,” “employment,” and “workers”; worker status as a basis for social citizenship; racialized mass incarceration as economic regulation; and antidiscrimination theory. Running throughout are an interest in market/nonmarket distinctions and interactions between “the economy” and nominally noneconomic institutions, including how these are structured by gender and race.


Career Topics of Interest: I began my career as a public interest lawyer and am interested in how scholars can support and contribute to social movements and advocacy. I’m also interested and have been involved in law & social science collaborations and interdisciplinarity.


APPEAL reading group:  
What is Capitalism? Session 10

Friday April 23, 2021, 1:30pm, Eastern Daylight Time* via Zoom

Click HERE to Register
The zoom link & readings will be emailed

*Eastern Daylight Time = UTC-4


Please join us for the next session of the APPEAL reading group on the law and political economy of capitalism.  All are welcome, and participants need not attend each session, though we do ask participants to read the materials in advance.  We also encourage participants to join APPEAL by signing up as a member,

This session will be led by APPEAL Board member, Prof. Jamee Moudud, Sarah Lawrence College Economics Department.  He will present his paper on how racial capitalism was built into the legal and political design of central banking and taxation in the British Empire. While the pressures of democratic self-governance created one type of hardwiring in Britain, its white dominions’ racialized politics created a different type in the colonies of color. In short, the particular monetary hardwiring of the colonies of color effectively “kicked away the ladder” needed for their successful socio-economic development, occluding the very different policies pursued in Britain and the dominions. This left the colonies of color in a vulnerable state at independence, providing much weaker foundations for their subsequent economic development.

The reading will be Jamee K. Moudud, The Janus Faces of Money, Property, and Governance: Fiscal Finance, Empire, and Race, PERI Working Paper Series #524 (Sept. 20, 2020).

For more information, please email with Capitalism Reading Group in the subject line.