We sponsor dynamic interdisciplinary research, foster new pedagogies, and support remedial practice on the national and community level.
Launched in 2007 by University Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnham and now directed by Professors Burnham and Rose Zoltek-Jick, CRRJ supports the academic and teaching projects of scholars within and beyond Northeastern University, and the restorative justice efforts in communities to honor this history.
Law enforcement systems, particularly in the Deep South, failed to protect African American citizens from widespread racial terror from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights era.
Communities across the country are grappling with how to address the ongoing harms decades after these events. A major contributor to the initial wrongdoing, legal institutions must play a central role in this reparative work. CRRJ studies and promotes a range of policy approaches to enable this work, including criminal justice remedies, truth proceedings, and legislative initiatives.
Classrooms, student investigative work with communities, fellowships, toolkits and curricula · Learn more»
CRRJ Burnham-Nobles Archive
Repository of primary source documents, still images and interviews on cases of racially motivated homicides in 14 states, between 1930 and 1970 · Go to the Digital Archive»
Efforts that speak to the descendants of racial terror, foster accountability, support reparations, honor the healing process, memorialize victims, and further racial reconciliation · Learn more»
Our blog Headlight, a podcast series, and documentary films centering on the voices of families and communities affected by racial terror.
Scholarly panels and workshops, restorative justice events across the country: including conferences, commemorations, public apologies and historical marker unveilings · See all»
CRRJ and the Center for Law, Equity and Race
Established in November 2021 as a new Center of Excellence at the Northeastern University School of Law, the Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR) was created to strengthen and expand the phenomenal work of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.
CLEAR aims to explore new ways to address the continuing challenges of racial injustice and social inequities, using the frameworks of innovative pedagogy, theoretical research, public policy development, and academic and community collaborations.
Under the leadership of Margaret Burnham, CRRJ has been the Nation’s leading and pioneer academic center in the expanding field of historical injustice.
CLEAR will support this work, and expand its research and pedagogical agenda.
ELIZABETH ZITRIN JUSTICE FELLOW
Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellow
Ifetayo Belle ‘10
Senior Staff Attorney
School Justice Project
Janeen Blake ’09
Legal Counsel at Takeda
Tasmin Din ’10
Morningside Technology Advisory LLC
Tara Dunn ‘17
Todd & Weld LLP
Hon. Geraldine Hines
Associate Justice (Ret.)
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Mary Nguyen ‘14
Assistant Attorney General
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Professor, Political Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rashida Richardson ’11
Professor of law, Northeastern university
Kaylie Simon ‘11
Deputy Public Defender
Contra Costa County, CA
Rita L. Bender
Skellenger Bender P.S.
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director,
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
David J. Dennis
Robert P. Moses
Charles Ogletree Jr.
Jesse Climenko Professor of Law (Ret.)
Harvard Law School
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College of Social Sciences and Humanities
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Southern University Law Center
Professor of History
University of FLorida
PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY AT ST. LOUIS
PROFESSOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE & CRIMINOLOGY
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY
PROFESSOR OF LAW
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN
Margaret M. Russell
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF LAW
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Professor of African and African-American Studies
Washington University at St. Louis
Nan Elizabeth Woodruff
Professor of History (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State University
CRRJ, in collaboration with the Law School and other University programs, offers several opportunities to participate in our programs.
Northeastern University Students:
CRRJ hosts co-op students from the Law School and provides internships for students across the University. Inquire by email here.
Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellow Program
The Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellowship is a clinical fellowship for recent law graduates that offers opportunities for professional development in the fields of civil rights, criminal justice, and restorative justice. The fellow teaches and mentors law students, develops courses and course material and contributes to advocacy-oriented programs and projects. The Fellowship is available to those licensed to practice law in a US jurisdiction with one to three years of experience working in civil rights or criminal justice, in litigation, government practice, or academic research. This one year appointment is renewable for a second year, subject to performance and CRRJ needs. To learn more about Elizabeth Zitrin and past fellows, visit Zitrin Foundation Creates Endowed Fund.
Community Leadership Fellows Program
The CRRJ Community Leadership Fellowship program provides an opportunity for dynamic activists working with community and nonprofit organizations to investigate the Burnham Nobles Archive and to interact with scholars, journalists and other activists who are focusing on historical racism in the US and avenues for redress. There are no academic requirements for selection. Applicants with a history of anti-racist activism are encouraged to apply. Community Leadership Fellows will have opportunities to exchange with CRRJ faculty, staff and students, and with local activists in the Boston area. While the fellowship does not include a stipend, fellows will have access to office space, library, and technology support.
CRRJ offers to professional researchers the opportunity to join a vibrant community of scholars and activists with the benefit of institutional affiliation, workspace at CRRJ and access to the Burnham Nobles Archive. Visiting Scholars present work in progress to the Northeastern community. They may visit for up to a year or a shorter period. Inquire by email here.
Our work is supported by individual donors and grants from The Carnegie Corporation, the Zitrin Foundation of San Francisco, The Ford Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Northeastern University. Individual donations support our students’ field work.
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