Regina Austin L'73
William A. Schnader Professor of Law
Regina Austin’s scholarship focuses on the impact of law on cultural conflicts arising from race, gender, and class inequality, with much of it revolving around the critical analysis of ethnographies and law-genre documentary films and photography. In addition to using nonfiction films in teaching traditional torts courses, she directs the pathbreaking Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law which hosts screenings of law-genre documentaries, maintains a national archive of clemency videos as a resource for capital defense attorneys, and produces mitigation videos on behalf of young, first-time defendants in cooperation with the Defender Association of Philadelphia.
Articles and Book Chapters
"This, Too, Takes a Village": The Social Basis of Sustained Black Homeownership as Illustrated in Three Documentary Films, in RACE & REAL ESTATE (Adrienne Brown and Valerie Smith eds., Oxford 2015) (© Oxford University Press 2015).
Women’s Unequal Citizenship at the Border: Lessons from Three Nonfiction Films about the Women of Juarez, in GENDER EQUALITY: DIMENSIONS OF WOMEN’S EQUAL CITIZENSHIP (Linda McClain & Joanna L. Grossman, eds., 2009).
Kwanzaa and the Commodification of Black Culture, BLACK RENAISSANCE/RENAISSANCE NOIRE (2004).
More publications can be found here.
The Saga of Pennsylvania’s “Willie Horton” and the Commutation of Life Sentences in the Commonwealth, U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-10 (forthcoming)
"Not Just a Common Criminal": The Case for Sentencing Mitigation Videos, U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-19. (forthcoming)
Race and Law-Genre Amateur Documentaries: Lessons Learned When the Subaltern Shoots
Documenting Injustice: Katrina, Class, and Visual Legal Advocacy
'Black People's Money': The Impact of Law, Economics, and Culture in the Context of Race on Damage Recoveries (July 26, 2003), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-24.
- Law & Cultural Studies
- Minority Feminism
- Law-Genre Documentary Film Studies (Criticism and Production)
Penn Law - William A. Schnader Professor (1996- ); Professor (1990-96); Associate Professor (1983-90); Assistant Professor (1977-83)
Law Clerk to the Hon. Edmund B. Spaeth, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (1973-74)
Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis - Associate (1974-77)
Visiting Professor - Columbia, Brooklyn, Stanford, Harvard, Fordham
- Torts I
- Cultural Conflict and the Intentional Torts
- Visual Legal Advocacy
- Documentaries & the Law