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Henry Wilcox

Title of Program: Social Theory, Identity, Justice

E-mail Address: hwilcox2@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Brentwood, TN

Year: 4th Year

Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2018

Description of Program: This program allows me to study mechanisms through which modern societies (especially the United States) have constructed legal systems based on conceptualizations of justice that are a result of social, political and economic history. The conceptualizations of notions such as ‘justice’ and ‘rights’ are then differentially afforded to citizens according to social parameters comprising their identity. Furthermore, studying justice and identity through the lenses of sociology and legal studies lays a foundation for the study of contemporary issues such as mass incarceration, immigration, and financial access to justice.

Departmental Emphases: Sociology, Political Science, Africana Studies, Philosophy, Law.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Harry F. Dahms

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): I will be applying for national scholarships and fellowships to take my studies abroad after graduation. Later, I plan to pursue a joint degree program for a JD and PhD in sociology to continue studying identity and justice.

Other Academic Interests: Public Policy

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: Chancellor’s Honors Program; DSAC (Dean’s Student Advisory Committee); Executive Board member of SEAT (Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee); Black Cultural Prgramming Committee (BCPC); ONSF Society of Fellows; UT Diversity Matters Coalition.


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