The focus of Professor Pruitt’s scholarship is the intersection of law with rural
livelihoods. Her work considers a range of ways in which rural places and populations are
distinct from what has become the implicit urban norm in lawmaking and legal scholarship.
Pruitt reveals how the spatial, economic, and social features of rural locales profoundly
shape the lives of residents there, including the junctures at which they encounter the
law. 

Some of Pruitt’s most recent work considers how rural spatiality inflects dimensions of
gender, race, and ethnicity. In it, Pruitt challenges the association of the rural with
the local by revealing the ways in which rural lives and rural places are enmeshed with
national and global forces, including legal ones. Other recent papers explore social
problems in rural contexts in an effort to determine what characteristics of rural
societies influence not only the occurrence of crimes such as domestic violence and drug
offenses, but also their handling by the criminal justice system. In these, Pruitt
explores the possibilities presented by rural-specific policies and services. 

Gender

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Acting White? Or Acting Affluent? A Book Review of Acting White? Rethinking Race in "Post-Racial" America (2014)

Acting White? Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America (2013) is the latest installment in Devon Carbado...

 

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Urbanormativity, Spatial Privilege, and Judicial Blind Spots in Abortion Law, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice (2014)

State laws regulating abortion have proliferated dramatically in recent years. Twenty-two states adopted 70 different...

 

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The Good The Bad and The Ugly, University of Missouri Kansas City Law Review (2012)

This is a contribution to a collection of reflections by former chairs of the AALS...

 

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CEDAW and Rural Development: Empowering Women with Law from the Top Down, Activism from the Bottom Up, Baltimore Law Review (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is one...

 

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Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining Rural Difference, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the...

 

Migration

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Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining Rural Difference, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the...

 

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Human Rights and Development for India's Rural Remnant: A Capabilities-Based Assessment, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (2011)

The cachet that India currently enjoys on the world stage is linked largely to the...

 

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Latina/os, Locality, and Law in the Rural South, Harvard Latino Law Review (2009)

In this era of municipal anti-immigrant ordinances and federal-local cooperation to enforce immigration laws, legal...

 

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Migration, Development and the Promise of CEDAW for Rural Women, Michigan Journal of International Law (2009)

This Article explores the potential of international development efforts and human rights law to enhance...

 

Rural

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Urbanormativity, Spatial Privilege, and Judicial Blind Spots in Abortion Law, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice (2014)

State laws regulating abortion have proliferated dramatically in recent years. Twenty-two states adopted 70 different...

 

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CEDAW and Rural Development: Empowering Women with Law from the Top Down, Activism from the Bottom Up, Baltimore Law Review (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is one...

 

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Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining Rural Difference, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the...

 

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Human Rights and Development for India's Rural Remnant: A Capabilities-Based Assessment, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (2011)

The cachet that India currently enjoys on the world stage is linked largely to the...

 

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Judging Parents, Judging Place: Poverty, Rurality, and Termination of Parental Rights (with Janet L. Wallace), Missouri Law Review (2011)

Parents are judged constantly, by fellow parents and by wider society. But the consequences of...

 

Socioeconomic Class and Welfare

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Acting White? Or Acting Affluent? A Book Review of Acting White? Rethinking Race in "Post-Racial" America (2014)

Acting White? Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America (2013) is the latest installment in Devon Carbado...

 

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Urbanormativity, Spatial Privilege, and Judicial Blind Spots in Abortion Law, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice (2014)

State laws regulating abortion have proliferated dramatically in recent years. Twenty-two states adopted 70 different...

 

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CEDAW and Rural Development: Empowering Women with Law from the Top Down, Activism from the Bottom Up, Baltimore Law Review (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is one...

 

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Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining Rural Difference, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the...

 

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Human Rights and Development for India's Rural Remnant: A Capabilities-Based Assessment, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (2011)

The cachet that India currently enjoys on the world stage is linked largely to the...

 

Defamation

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Her Own Good Name: Two Centuries of Talk about Chastity, Maryland Law Review (2004)

Since the earliest days of U.S. legal history, women have sought legal redress for statements...

 

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"On the Chastity of Women all Property in the World Depends": Injury from Sexual Slander in the Nineteenth Century, Indiana Law Journal (2003)

In this Article, Professor Pruitt discusses conceptions of the injury associated with defamation law, focusing...

 

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Law Review Story, Arkansas Law Review (1997)

This essay is the story of the author’s election as editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Law...

 

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The Law of Defamation: An Arkansas Primer, Arkansas Law Review (1989)

This article is a mini-treatise on the law of defamation in Arkansas.

 

Crime

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The Forgotten Fifth: Rural Youth and Substance Abuse, Stanford Law & Policy Review (2009)

This Article seeks to raise the visibility of the roughly twenty percent of the U.S....

 

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Place Matters: Domestic Violence and Rural Difference, Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society (2008)

This Article considers the phenomenon of domestic violence in relation to the rural-urban axis. Written...

 

Families

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Judging Parents, Judging Place: Poverty, Rurality, and Termination of Parental Rights (with Janet L. Wallace), Missouri Law Review (2011)

Parents are judged constantly, by fellow parents and by wider society. But the consequences of...

 

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The Geography of the Class Culture Wars, Seattle University Law Review (2011)

This Essay is a contribution to a colloquy about Joan C. Williams’s book, Reshaping the...

 

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Spatial Inequality as Constitutional Infirmity: Equal Protection, Child Poverty and Place, Montana Law Review (2010)

This is the first in a series of articles that maps legal conceptions of (in)equality...

 

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Migration, Development and the Promise of CEDAW for Rural Women, Michigan Journal of International Law (2009)

This Article explores the potential of international development efforts and human rights law to enhance...

 

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Place Matters: Domestic Violence and Rural Difference, Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society (2008)

This Article considers the phenomenon of domestic violence in relation to the rural-urban axis. Written...

 

Juvenile Justice

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The Forgotten Fifth: Rural Youth and Substance Abuse, Stanford Law & Policy Review (2009)

This Article seeks to raise the visibility of the roughly twenty percent of the U.S....

 

International and Transnational

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CEDAW and Rural Development: Empowering Women with Law from the Top Down, Activism from the Bottom Up, Baltimore Law Review (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is one...

 

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Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining Rural Difference, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the...

 

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Human Rights and Development for India's Rural Remnant: A Capabilities-Based Assessment, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (2011)

The cachet that India currently enjoys on the world stage is linked largely to the...

 

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Migration, Development and the Promise of CEDAW for Rural Women, Michigan Journal of International Law (2009)

This Article explores the potential of international development efforts and human rights law to enhance...

 

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No Black Names on the Letterhead? Efficient Discrimination and the South African Legal Profession, Michigan Journal of International Law (2002)

Although there have long been black lawyers in South Africa, during apartheid only a handful...

 

Development

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CEDAW and Rural Development: Empowering Women with Law from the Top Down, Activism from the Bottom Up, Baltimore Law Review (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is one...

 

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Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining Rural Difference, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law (2011)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the...

 

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Human Rights and Development for India's Rural Remnant: A Capabilities-Based Assessment, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (2011)

The cachet that India currently enjoys on the world stage is linked largely to the...

 

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Migration, Development and the Promise of CEDAW for Rural Women, Michigan Journal of International Law (2009)

This Article explores the potential of international development efforts and human rights law to enhance...

 

Race/Ethnicity

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Acting White? Or Acting Affluent? A Book Review of Acting White? Rethinking Race in "Post-Racial" America (2014)

Acting White? Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America (2013) is the latest installment in Devon Carbado...

 

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The Geography of the Class Culture Wars, Seattle University Law Review (2011)

This Essay is a contribution to a colloquy about Joan C. Williams’s book, Reshaping the...

 

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Latina/os, Locality, and Law in the Rural South, Harvard Latino Law Review (2009)

In this era of municipal anti-immigrant ordinances and federal-local cooperation to enforce immigration laws, legal...

 

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A Kinder, Gentler Law School? Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Legal Education at King Hall, UC Davis Law Review (2005)

Diversity is touted as a preeminent concern and important goal of the legal profession generally...

 

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No Black Names on the Letterhead? Efficient Discrimination and the South African Legal Profession, Michigan Journal of International Law (2002)

Although there have long been black lawyers in South Africa, during apartheid only a handful...

 

Legal Education and the Legal Profession

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Acting White? Or Acting Affluent? A Book Review of Acting White? Rethinking Race in "Post-Racial" America (2014)

Acting White? Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America (2013) is the latest installment in Devon Carbado...

 

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The Good The Bad and The Ugly, University of Missouri Kansas City Law Review (2012)

This is a contribution to a collection of reflections by former chairs of the AALS...

 

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How You Gonna’ Keep Her Down on the Farm, University of Missouri, Kansas City Law Review (2010)

This is a contribution to a collection of autobiographical essays, “One-L Revisited,” in which authors...

 

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A Kinder, Gentler Law School? Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Legal Education at King Hall, UC Davis Law Review (2005)

Diversity is touted as a preeminent concern and important goal of the legal profession generally...

 

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No Black Names on the Letterhead? Efficient Discrimination and the South African Legal Profession, Michigan Journal of International Law (2002)

Although there have long been black lawyers in South Africa, during apartheid only a handful...

 

Legal Geography

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Urbanormativity, Spatial Privilege, and Judicial Blind Spots in Abortion Law, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice (2014)

State laws regulating abortion have proliferated dramatically in recent years. Twenty-two states adopted 70 different...

 

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Judging Parents, Judging Place: Poverty, Rurality, and Termination of Parental Rights (with Janet L. Wallace), Missouri Law Review (2011)

Parents are judged constantly, by fellow parents and by wider society. But the consequences of...

 

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Spatial Inequality as Constitutional Infirmity: Equal Protection, Child Poverty and Place, Montana Law Review (2010)

This is the first in a series of articles that maps legal conceptions of (in)equality...

 

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Justice Deserts: Spatial Inequality and Local Funding of Indigent Defense, Arizona Law Review (2010)

This Article, written for a symposium on “Funding Justice,” maps legal conceptions of (in)equality onto...

 

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Gender, Geography & Rural Justice, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice (2009)

Like other legal scholars, feminists often think about social change over time, using history as...

 

No subject area

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Law Stretched Thin: Access to Justice in Rural America, South Dakota Law Review (2014)

About two percent of small law practices in the United States are in small towns...