Rights Gone Wrong by Richard Thompson Ford

One of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011.

“Ford enlivens his discussion with numerous, colorful example of rights gone wrong, cases where the laws are being abused to the detriment of genuine social justice…. A crisp analysis of the limits of our civil rights laws and a prescription for how to move beyond them.”

–Kirkus Reviews

The Raee Card by Richard Thompson Ford

One of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2008.

What do hurricane Katrina victims, millionaire rappers buying vintage champagne, and Ivy League professors waiting for taxis have in common? All have claimed to be victims of racism. But these days almost no one openly defends bigoted motives, so either a lot of people are lying or a lot of people are jumping to unwarranted conclusions–or just playing the race card. Daring, entertaining, and incisive, The Race Card brings sophisticated legal analysis, eye-popping anecdotes, and plain old common sense to this heated topic.

“A vigorous and long-overdue shake-up of the nation’s stale discourse on race . . . sharp, tightly argued, and delightfully contentious.” —Orlando Patterson, The New York Times

Universal Rights Down to Earth

“The book is most impressive in its characterization the ideas and politics that motivate the loosely organized global human rights movement, which pursues many causes but has not offered a unified, coherent vision of a world governed by international law.”

–G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs



Racial Culture by Richard Thompson Ford

“RACIAL CULTURE… is a race-conscious, antiracist attack on racial identity politics. There is nothing else like it in the literature.”

— Professor Duncan Kennedy, Harvard University





Richard T. Ford, Nicholas Blomley, and David Delaney, The Legal Geographies Reader: Law, Power and Space, Malden, Mass: Blackwell, 2001.





Local Government Law co-authored by Richard Thompson FordGerald E. Frug, Richard T. Ford, & David J. Barron. Local Government Law, Cases and Materials, 5th (American Casebooks), St. Paul, MN: West (2009).