Associate Professor of Law
- Criminal Law
- Critical Race Theory
- BA, San Diego State University
- JD, University of California Los Angeles, School of Law
Ocen is also active in the community as she serves as a member of the board of directors for the Equal Justice Society, an organization dedicated to transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science and the arts.
- Birthing Injustice: Pregnancy as a Status Offense, 85 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming July 2017).
- Beyond Ferguson: Integrating the Social Psychology of Criminal Procedure and Critical Race Theory to Understand the Persistence of Police Violence, in A THEORY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: LAW AND SOCIOLOGY IN CONVERSATION (Sharon Dolovich and Alexandra Natapoff, eds. forthcoming 2017).
- (E)racing Childhood: Examining the Racialized Construction of "Childhood" and "innocence" in the Treatment of Sexually Exploited Minors, 62 UCLA L. Rev. (2015).
- Beyond Shackling: Prisons, Pregnancy and the Struggle for Birth Justice, (co-authored with J. Chinyere Oparah), forthcoming in BIRTHING JUSTICE: BLACK WOMEN, PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH (J. Chinyere Oparah, Alicia Bonaparte and Shanelle Matthews eds.) (2015).
- Unshackling Intersectionality, 10 Du Bois Rev. 471 (2013)
- Punishing Pregnancy: Race, Incarceration and the Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners, 100 Cal. L. Rev. 1239 (2012)
- The New Racially Restrictive Covenant: Race, Welfare and the Policing of Black Women in Public Housing, 59 UCLA L. Rev. 1540 (2012)
Works in Progress
- At Home and Under Siege: Black Women, the Home and the Criminal Law (co-authored with Devon Carbado)
- Incapacitating Motherhood
- Introduction in RACHEL ROTH, PRIMER ON REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (submitted to University of California Press for review, expected publication in fall 2018).
- The Story of Ferguson v. City of Charleston in REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AND JUSTICE STORIES (Melissa Murray, Reva Siegel and Kate Shaw, eds. forthcoming 2018).
- Minority Report: Race, Risk Assessment and the Future of Anti-Discrimination Law in a Transforming Penal Landscape, 19 PUNISHMENT & SOC'Y (forthcoming 2018).
Representative Academic Presentations
- Discussant, Panel on “Racialized and Gendered Punishment and Reentry,” American Sociological Association, August 18, 2012.
- Keynote Speaker, Reproductive Justice and Women’s Prisons: A Contradiction in Terms?, California Reproductive Justice Roundtable, September 2011.
- The New Racially Restrictive Covenant presented at Intersecting Relations of Domination, University of Paris, June 2011.
- Punishing Pregnancy: Race, Incarceration and the Punishment of Pregnant Prisoners presented at UC Berkeley Department of African-American Studies, Seminar on Race and Public Policy, May 2011.
- Sovereign Violence, Fifth Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium: Race and Sovereignty (moderator), April 2011.
- Speak So You Can Speak Again: A Discussion of the Challenges and Agency of Africana Women, Department of Africana Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills, April 2011.
- African American Girls and the Intersection of Race, Gender, Class, Age and Place, African-American Girls and the Criminal Justice System: A Call to Action, The Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law, April 2011.