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Photo of Ryan PoeI am a PhD candidate at Duke University, admitted in 2010. I am in the History program working with Laura Edwards, Nancy MacLean, and Jedediah Purdy (at Duke Law). My research is on property law and social order in post-emancipation Virginia. For more information on me and my research interests, see my About Me page, or explore my Preliminary Exam Portfolio.

You can reach me at rmp23@duke.edu and baublet@gmail.com.

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Political Correctness and Free Speech

New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait recently published his argument against what he calls the “inversion of victim and victimizer” that occurs when political correctness reaches extremes. It is a piece that demonstrates the privilege–thoughtful as it is–underlying defenses of free speech from insensitive remarks. Read more…

Jim Crow Justice

Last night's announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, would not be indicting a police officer of wrongfully killing 18-year old Michael Brown set the nation ablaze. Let's situate this in some context and identify the irony in American criminal justice that has led to such a devaluation of black lives. Read more...

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