Lucien Ferguson has been named to the 2023-2025 Drinan Scholars Visiting Assistant Professorship. Each year, a legal scholar is selected to teach at BC Law for a two-year term, gaining valuable law school teaching experience while honing their writing and research skills. Ferguson joins the distinguished line of scholars to have received the honor, including, most recently, Nicole Langston and Cosmas Emeziem.
Ferguson is a joint JD-PhD candidate at Pritzker School of Law/Northwestern University, where he currently studies law and political science. His research has largely focused on the history of race and caste in the United States. Ferguson’s dissertation, “The Spirit of Caste: Recasting the History of Civil Rights,” reframes the civil rights movement as protest against a socially restrictive caste system. The Drinan Scholars program prioritizes candidates whose research interests focus on issues of race and law.
A Chicago native, Ferguson worked in special education at Chicago Public Schools after graduating from Oberlin College, an experience he credits for galvanizing his interest in civil rights law to this day. While attending Northwestern/Pritzker, Ferguson was the recipient of a University Fellowship and the Franke Fellowship, awarded to “the most accomplished doctoral students pursuing an independent humanities research project.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Boston College Law School as a Drinan Visiting Assistant Professor,” Ferguson told BC Law Magazine. “I was drawn to BC Law because of its uniquely supportive academic community, and because it is home to many interdisciplinary legal scholars whose work has inspired my own. While at BC Law, I am especially excited to teach and research legal issues that I am passionate about and to have impactful conversations with faculty.”