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Dr. Jacqueline Gehring


Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University



Dr. Jacqueline S. Gehring is a Teaching Professor of Politics and Legal Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she also directs the accelerated 3+3 program with the University of California, Hastings School of Law.  Previously she was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College (2007-2016) where she served as department chair, as well as on the steering committees of the International Studies and Black Studies programs. Dr. Gehring received her Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. Her research and teaching focus on comparative legal studies, race/racism, sport, and disability. In 2012, she was a visiting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Center for the Study of Law and Society, and in 2011 she was named a Fulbright scholar to Germany. 

Current FUBiS courses:

 University of California, Berkeley

Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Ph.D. (2007)

Dissertation: “Race, Law and Politics in the European Union”

Chair: Martin Shapiro


Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Government (1999)

  • University of California, Santa Cruz

Teaching Professor of Politics and Legal Studies (2016-present)

Faculty Director 3+3 Program with UC Hastings School of Law (2016-present)

  • Allegheny College

Associate Professor of Political Science (2013-2016)

Chair of the Political Science Department, 2014

Steering Committees, International Studies & Black Studies 2012-2016

Contributing Faculty, Global Health Studies, Middle East and North African Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2007-2016)

Assistant Professor of Political Science (2007-2013)

Courses Taught: Comparative Law, Politics and Society; Rights in Comparative Perspective; Comparative Disability Law and Policy; Civil Rights; Voting Rights; Roma Rights in Europe; Sports and the Politics of Race and Nation; Islam, Race and Migration; Introduction to Comparative Politics; Introduction to American Politics; The European Union; West European Politics; Food, Migration and Identity; Study Abroad Travel Class: “The Politics of Memory in Berlin, Dresden, and Prague”

  • University of California, Berkeley

Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Society (2012-2013)

  • University of California, Santa Cruz

Instructor, Legal Studies (2006)

  • University of Vienna

Visiting Scholar, Department of Social and Economic History (2005)

  • University of Ghent, Belgium

Visiting Scholar, Law Faculty (2004)

  • University of California, Berkeley

Graduate Student Instructor & Researcher, Departments of Legal Studies & Political Science (2000-2005)

  • “Race, Ethnicity and German Identity: A Media Analysis of the Status of Germans with ‘Immigration Background’ on the 2010 World Cup Men’s National Soccer Team.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 39 (11): 1962-1980.
  • “Free Movement for Some: The Treatment of the Roma after the European Union’s Eastern Expansion.” European Journal of Migration and Law 15 (1): 7-28, 2013.
  • “Roma and the Limits of Free Movement in the European Union” In Democratic Citizenship and the Free Movement of People, Willem Maas ed. Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2013.
  • "Riots and Rights? Examining racial anti-discrimination policy in France in light of the American experience." In Migrants and Minorities: the European Response, Adam Luedtke ed., Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.
  • “Hidden Connections: Citizenship and anti-discrimination policy in Europe.” In Citizenship Policy in an Age of Diversity: Europe at the Crossroads, Ricard Zapata-Barrero ed. Monografia CIDOB 2009.

Under Review

Book Manuscript

The European Right to Racial Equality

Analyzing how the Anglo-American approach to fighting racism (anti-discrimination rights) has become the dominant policy frame in the European Union, this manuscript includes four in-depth case studies (Austria, Belgium, France and Germany) as well as data from the remaining EU 25 and considers the creation and implementation of European racial equality policy.  It argues that the right to racial equality varies greatly from state to state, reflecting different discourses of race and discrimination which, in turn, are framed by national citizenship policies. Furthermore, it contends that the criminalization of racism prevents the successful implementation of the right to racial equality even in states that have complied fully with the law.

Work in Progress

  • “Litigation without Mobilization: the Roma Rights Movement” Comparing the Roma Rights Movement with the NAACP LDF, this article argues that distance between Roma and their American lawyers limits the impact of victories in human rights courts.
  • “Historical Oppression & Legal Mobilization: A Case Study of the Roma in Europe” Exploring the impact of historical persecution and criminalization of the Roma on contemporary legal (non-)activism.