Mia Brett

Mia Brett, PhD, is the Editorial Board's legal historian. She lives with her gorgeous dog, Tchotchke. You can find her @queenmab87.

The anti-Roe movement is rooted in the history of chattel slavery

December 1, 2021 /

They are not respecting “life.” They are fearing “race suicide.”

The Rittenhouse verdict isn’t a win for self-defense. It’s another example of white men having better rights than the rest of us

November 24, 2021 /

American history has plenty examples of whole classes of people that were explicitly excluded from claiming self-defense in court.

A 150-year-old anti-Klan law is being used in lawsuit against organizers of Unite the Right

November 18, 2021 /

By using the Ku Klux Klan Act, or the Enforcement Act of 1871, the suit links the alt-right to a century and a half of white violence. 

Could Texas’ abortion vigilante law sabotage the open-carry goals of gun-rights groups? Justice Kavanaugh seems worried

November 5, 2021 /

A bizarre twist of fate.

White America likes to pretend antisemitism is a bug, not a feature. The history of Jews in America tells a different story

October 28, 2021 /

Marginalization, systemic violence and discrimination.

What is gerrymandering and why does a democracy allow it to be used to protect white power?

October 21, 2021 /

A legal history of congressional district map-making.

Preventing felons from voting is just how it is, right? Wrong. There’s a history. There were choices. And we can change it.

October 17, 2021 /

With our democracy under siege, we should use all legal arguments to restore voting rights to as many people as possible.

Federal judge stops Texas’ abortion vigilante law after dismantling it in written opinion

October 8, 2021 /

Robert Pitman is your new favorite person.

The state of our bail system is so corrupt you don’t need to be convicted to lose your rights — or face a death sentence

October 4, 2021 /

How can we claim people are innocent until proven guilty?

What would justice look like if all missing women got the attention Gabby Petito did?

September 24, 2021 /

An estimated 64,000-75,000 Black women and girls are missing.