Jon Feingold

Jonathan Feingold

Associate Professor


BA, Vassar College
JD, UCLA School of Law


Biography

Jonathan Feingold’s scholarship explores the relationship between race, law, and the mind sciences. Much of his recent research has interrogated how and why various American legal regimes, including equal protection doctrine, function to reinforce and reproduce racial hierarchy. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Utah Law Review, and Temple Law Review. Representative publications include “SFFA v. Harvard: How Affirmative Action Myths Mask White Bonus,” “Hidden in Plain Sight: a More Compelling Case for Diversity,” “Eyes Wide Open: What Social Science Can Tell Us About the Supreme Court’s Use of Social Science” (with Evelyn Carter), and “Defusing Implicit Bias” (with Karen Lorang). Jonathan also hosts #RaceClass, a monthly conversation that explores how race and racism remain powerful forces in American society.

From 2015 through 2019, Feingold served as special assistant to the vice chancellor for equity, diversity & inclusion at the University of California, Los Angeles and was a research fellow in BruinX, a research and development team within the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. He is the co-founder of illuminate diversity consulting, a private consulting firm that employs an interdisciplinary approach to foster inclusion through candid, data-driven conversation. 

Feingold received his BA from Vassar College and holds a JD from UCLA School of Law, where he graduated with a specialization in critical race studies. After law school, he joined Sidley Austin LLP as an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He then clerked for the Hon. Richard C. Wesley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Dale S. Fischer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 

In 2014, he received a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award for work done in connection with Rodriguez v. Robbins, a case concerning immigrant detainees’ rights to bond hearings.  

Publications

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  • Jonathan Feingold, "Ambivalent Advocates: Why Elite Universities Compromised the Case for Affirmative Action," 58 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (forthcoming).
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  • Jonathan Feingold, "Colorblind Capture," Boston University Law Review (forthcoming).
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  • Jonathan Feingold, "Reclaiming CRT: How Regressive Laws Can Advance Progressive Ends," 73 South Carolina Law Review (forthcoming).
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  • Jonathan Feingold & Devon W. Carbado, "Reclaiming ‘Whren’," Inquest (Mar. 11, 2022).
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  • Jonathan Feingold & Devon W. Carbado, "Rewriting Whren v. United States," 68 UCLA Law Review 1678 (2022).
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  • Jonathan Feingold, "Deficit Frame Dangers," 37 Georgia State University Law Review 1235 (2021).
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  • Jonathan Feingold, "'All (Poor) Lives Matter': How Class-Not-Race Logic Reinscribes Race and Class Privilege," University of Chicago Law Review Online 47 (2020).
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  • Jonathan Feingold, "Diversity Drift," 9 Wake Forest Law Review Online 14 (2019).
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  • Jonathan Feingold, "Equal Protection Design Defects," 91 Temple Law Review 513 (2019).
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  • Jonathan Feingold, "Hidden in Plain Sight: A More Compelling Case for Diversity," 2019 Utah Law Review 59 (2019).
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  • Jonathan Feingold, "SFFA v. Harvard: How Affirmative Action Myths Mask White Bonus," 107 California Law Review 707 (2019).
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  • Jonathan Feingold & Evelyn Carter, "Eyes Wide Open: What Social Science Can Tell Us About the Supreme Court's Use of Social Science," 112 Northwestern University Law Review 1689 (2018).
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  • Jonathan Feingold & Douglas Souza, "Measuring the Racial Unevenness of Law School," 15 Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy 71 (2013).
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  • Jonathan Feingold & Karen Lorang, "Defusing Implicit Bias," 59 UCLA Law Review Discourse 210 (2012).
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  • Jonathan Feingold, "Racing Towards Colorblindness: Stereotype Threat and the Myth of Meritocracy," 3 Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives 231 (2011).
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In the Media

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  • WalletHub June 7, 2022

    2022’s Best States for Racial Equality in Education

    Jonathan Feingold answers questions on equality in education.
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  • WNHN FM94.7 May 26, 2022

    Race Class With Arnie Arnesen and Jonathan Feingold, #5, May 26, 2022

    Jonathan Feingold speaks about race class.
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  • NBC News May 19, 2022

    Laws Restricting Lessons on Racism Are Making It Hard for Teachers to Discuss The Massacre in Buffalo

    Jonathan Feingold is quoted.
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  • NBC News May 18, 2022

    Laws Restricting Lessons on Racism Are Making It Hard for Teachers to Discuss The Massacre in Buffalo

    Jonathan Feingold is quoted.
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  • WNHN FM 94.7 May 17, 2022

    The Attitude With Arnie Arnesen

    Jonathan Feingold's research is referenced.
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  • BU Initiative and Cities April 29, 2022

    Announcing our 2022 Public Impact Scholars Cohort

    Jonathan Feingold selected as 2022 BU Public Impact Scholars.
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  • Inquest March 11, 2022

    Reclaiming ‘Whren’

    A piece authored by Jonathan Feingold.
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  • WNHN 94.7 January 27, 2022

    Jonathan Feingold and The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen Host “Race Class” Radio Show

    Jonathan Feingold co-hosts the radio show.
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  • Law 360 January 24, 2022

    Supreme Court To Hear Harvard Affirmative Action Case

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  • WalletHub January 11, 2022

    States with the Most Racial Progress

    Jonathan Feingold is quoted.
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  • VOX Magazine December 30, 2021

    FAQ: What Is Critical Race Theory?

    Jonathan Feingold is quoted.
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  • Casino.org December 17, 2021

    Harrah’s New Orleans Should Settle Lawsuit Brought by Barred Black Woman, Lawyers Advise

    Jonathan Feingold provides commentary.
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  • The Conversation November 30, 2021

    What The Public Doesn’t Get: Anti-Crt Lawmakers Are Passing Pro-Crt Laws

    A piece by Jonathan Feingold.
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  • AcademeBlog September 22, 2021

    Biden’s Racism Speech

    An opinion authored by Jonathan Feingold.
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  • Jurist May 11, 2021

    The Chauvin Verdict and Lessons from Brown: Who Are We, America?

    A piece by Jonathan Feingold.
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Courses

Critical Race Theory Colloquium(S): LAW JD 731

3 credits

In the mid-1980s, a scholarly movement to become known as "Critical Race Theory" (CRT) developed in legal academia. Early critical race theorists--including Derrick Bell, Mari Matsuda, Charles Lawrence, Richard Delgado, Kimberle Crenshaw, and Patricia Williams--challenged the substance and style of conventional legal scholarship. Substantively, race crits rejected formal equality, individual rights, and colorblind approaches to solving legal problems. Stylistically, critical race scholars often employed new methodologies for legal scholarship, including storytelling and narrative. The Critical Race Theory Colloquium is designed to expose students to core CRT principles and interrogate CRT's possibilities and limitations. This endeavor will require students to think critically about race and racism in conjunction with other intersecting structures of oppression and hierarchy. The Critical Race Theory Colloquium employs a workshop-format that enables students to engage leading scholars in the field of Critical Race Theory. The first part of the semester will involve a general overview of Critical Race Theory. During the remaining meetings, invited scholars will present works-in-progress for discussion. To prepare, students will write short reaction papers that include three questions for further discussion. Final grades depend on the reaction papers, class participation, and attendance. UPPER-CLASS WRITING REQUIREMENT: This class may not be used to satisfy the requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 731 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Jonathan Feingold

Education Law: LAW JD 777

3 credits

In this course, we will examine the relationship between law, public policy, and current issues in education at both the K-12 and higher ed levels. Major themes will include campus safety and privacy; the right to an equal and quality education (with a focus on desegregation and resegregation); constitutional issues in public schools (including religious considerations and student freedom of expression); and structures of educational governance and various school reforms. Related topics of engagement will likely include policing in schools, ongoing legal battles over race-conscious practices and policies, the unmet needs of English language learners, and the impact of the charter school movement. Course assessment will include a three-hour final examination. Class participation will also factor into final grades. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 777 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 9:05 am 10:30 am 3 Jonathan Feingold