About Us

The Duke Center on Law, Race and Politics (CLRP) is a multidisciplinary initiative created to support research, public engagement, teaching, and activities at the intersection of CLRP's core focus. The center was created in the fall of 2009 and is co-directed by Professors Guy-Uriel E. Charles and G. Mitu Gulati. An affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University, CLRP’s activities include symposia, conferences, academic workshops, public lectures, and scholarship roundtables.

CLRP is particularly committed to supporting law and social science students whose academic work and activities are consistent with the center’s mission. Forms of support include grants to encourage independent academic research by students, research assistantships, supervision of academic work, mentorship, and opportunities for close collaboration with CLRP's faculty.



Guy-Uriel Charles
Charles S. Rhyne Professor of Law, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research

Prof. Guy CharlesCharles is an expert in and frequent public commentator on constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race. He joined Duke Law's faculty in 2009; he previously was the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Mitu Gulati
Professor of Law

Prof. Mitu GulatiGulati's research interests are in the historic evolution of concepts of sovereign immunity and racial inequality. He has written about the Civil Rights Act, racial diversity in the United States, and posed solutions to sovereign debt. Read Gulati's collection of works.

Affiliated Faculty

Identity, Politics and the Law

The Center on Law, Race and Politics sponsors a Duke Law course exploring the current state of thinking about the relationship between identity, politics and legal regulation. Co-taught by Professors Charles and Gulati, the seminar reviews the relationships between racial and gender identity and the politics of the workplace.

Learn more about the course