Tera Agyepong

Visiting Professor of Law


Tera Agyepong received a JD/PhD from Northwestern University after earning a B.A. with honors from Stanford University.  Her scholarly interests lay at the intersection of race, gender, history, and the law. She pays particular attention to how historical processes of constructing race and gender have shaped the evolution of criminal and juvenile justice laws. Her first book, The Criminalization of Black Children: Race, Gender, and Delinquency in Chicago’s Juvenile Justice System, 1899-1945 (University of North Carolina Press), was awarded the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth’s 2018 Grace Abbott Book Prize.  She has also authored book chapters and articles in multiple scholarly venues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal/Juvenile Justice
  • Legal History
  • Race, Gender and the Law


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law
  • PhD, Northwestern University
  • BA, Stanford University

Prior Appointments

  • Research Professor, 2019-present, American Bar Foundation
  • Associate Professor, 2020-present, DePaul University
  • Assistant Professor, 2013-2020, DePaul University

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