The Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice

We began as the nation’s first joint JD/MA program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and are proud to have grown into a groundbreaking Center that trains and cultivates scholars, leaders and activists committed to social change.

Our teaching scholars research and work to combat harassment, violence against women and economic inequalities that target our most vulnerable neighbors. We have built an international reputation by bridging theory and practice, forging relationships with local, national, and global communities and preparing students like you to take the lead in advancing justice.

ABA Exhibit "100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future”

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice, and the UC Law Library, and is part of the Jones Center’s programming to commemorate the 19th Amendment.

Access to the exhibit is restricted to Cincinnati Law faculty, staff, and students. View the exhibit.

Rededication: The Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice

We've relaunched as the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. The new name for the Center signifies our commitment to and alignment with the principles of Judge Jones’ impressive career as a champion for justice.

Today, guided by the values of one of the nation’s most respected jurists, our goal is to move the Center to a new level of impact and engagement driven by Judge Jones’ voice and his vision of providing legal access and knowledge to all.

Opportunities for Students

You can apply to become one of a limited number of outstanding students who serve as Social Justice Fellows. Our Fellows:

  • research current social justice issues, 
  • enroll in courses that teach legal analysis through the intersecting lenses of race, gender, class and sexuality (including two of the following three courses, with at least one taken as a 2L: Critical Race Theory, Feminist Jurisprudence, Gender and the Law),
  • complete externships with local social justice organizations, 
  • participate in activities that seek to cultivate social justice scholars, leaders and activists,
  • participate in a three-credit research project sponsored by the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice,
  • help with the Center’s annual fall event and attend occasional programs throughout the academic year.

Each Fellow receives:

  • tuition assistance in the amount of $3,500 each year ($1,750 per semester) in exchange for work with the Center,

If you’d like to be considered for a Social Justice Fellowship, please submit the online application


The first of its kind in the nation, Cincinnati Law’s JD/MA program offers you a rigorous, interdisciplinary study of the law and the chance to earn both degrees over the course of four years. Your capstone experience is a semester-long externship that places you in the heart of social justice work—at a national public interest organization, such as the National Women’s Law Center, Equality Now, National Organization for Women or the Women’s Law Project.

Find out more and apply now.

Join this groundbreaking team which, since 2005, has helped Cincinnati Law students represent more than 1,400 survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and human trafficking in civil protection order hearings. Thanks to the work of the Clinic, Cincinnati City Council was the first in the nation to pass a resolution declaring that freedom from domestic violence is a fundamental human right. 

Find out more and apply now.

From 2003 to 2019, the Freedom Center Journal (FCJ)—a joint, scholarly print publication of the Jones Center and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati—published pieces that explored the legacies of historic struggles for freedom as a context for understanding ongoing forms of subordination and developing strategies for social change. Truly interdisciplinary in nature, the student-edited FCJ published articles, comments, essays, book reviews, poetry, visual art, and other works by legal practitioners, activists, artists, scholars, and the students themselves. The Freedom Center Journal, Volume 2019, Issue 1, is available in the Scholarship and Publications Repository.

Contact Us

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Jenn Dye

Theodore M. Berry Director, Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, College of Law



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Emily M.S. Houh

Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts | Co-founder, Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, College of Law

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Kristin Kalsem

Charles Hartsock Professor of Law | Co-founder, Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, College of Law

417 College of Law Building


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Alex Brogaard

Program Manager, Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, College of Law