Jean Stefancic

Research Professor Emerita


Jean Stefancic writes about law reform, social change, and legal scholarship. Her recent book, How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds, examines the causes of lawyers' unhappiness. Her 1996 book, No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda, is "a superb guide to the right wing counter-revolution which has changed the face of America in the 1990s" according to one reviewer, was described by Jonathan Kozol as an "enormously valuable book, written with remarkable contrast and even-handedness," praised by Herbert Gans, as a "careful and comprehensive accounting of who did what in trying to kill liberal programs and policies," recommended by the New York Law Journal as a "clarion call to those of us who have too long remained complacent that things will return to the more humane thinking of the bygone Great Society."

Stefancic has written and co-authored numerous articles and ten books, many with her husband Richard Delgado, with whom she has shared writing residencies at Bellagio, Bogliasco, and Centrum. Their book, Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror, won a Gustavus Myers award for outstanding book on human rights in North America in 1998. Stefancic and Delgado also serve as co-editors for the New York University Press series Critical America.

Before joining the Pittsburgh faculty, Stefancic spent ten years at the University of Colorado, where she was affiliated with the Latino/a Research & Policy Center and the Center of the American West. Her work has been widely cited, and she has given numerous talks, workshops, and classes at law schools, universities, and conferences in the United States, Canada, Australia, and England.

Key/Recent Publications


  • The Law Unbound! A Richard Delgado Reader (Paradigm Publishers, 2007) (coeditor with Adrien Wing).
  • Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (West, 2d ed. 2007). (with Perea, Delgado, Harris & Wildman).
  • Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, The Derrick Bell Reader (2005) (co-editor).
  • Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, How Lawyers Lose Their Way:   A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds (2005).
  • Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, Understanding Words That Wound (2004).


  • Critical Race Theory and Criminal Justice, 31 Humanity & Society, nos. 2&3 (May/August 2007)(co-author).
  • Why Do We Ask the Same Questions?: The Triple Helix Dilemma Revisited, 99 L. Libr. J. 307 (2007) (co-author).
  • The Racial Double Helix: Watson, Crick, and Brown v. Board of Education (Our No-Bell Prize Award Speech) (Charles Hamilton Houston Inaugural Lecture), 47 How. L.J. 473 (2004) (coauthor).
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