Harold A. McDougall

Professor of Law

J.D., 1971, Yale University
B.A., 1967, Harvard University


Professor Harold McDougall has been a member of the Howard faculty since 2000, teaching courses on property, sustainable development, and civil rights. He specializes in civic culture and civic infrastructure, focusing primarily on how these support sustainable social and economic development and human rights. Prof. McDougall has written numerous articles and Huffington Post blogs, as well as two books pursuing these themes. BLACK BALTIMORE: A NEW THEORY OF COMMUNITY (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993) proposes a new approach to the renovation and revitalization of community civic culture. AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE AGE OF OBAMA: A HISTORY AND A HANDBOOK (Lulu.com, 2011) highlights remaining U,S. human rights “trouble spots” such as racial profiling, hate crimes, discrimination against consumers, employment discrimination, voting rights, housing discrimination and discrimination in public education. It also looks at citizen action and access to local government. THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS, 1963-1966, a historical simulation, is currently in progress.

Professor McDougall has a background in civil rights and community organizing, and has served the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as Washington Bureau Director. He has served on the National Governing Board of Common Cause, the Board of Directors of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholars Program), and the Board of Trustees of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Study Circles Resource Center/Everyday Democracy). He has consulted for the Kellogg, Kettering, and Village Foundations, and the Montgomery County, MD, County Executive’s Office.

His recent publications include “The Challenges of Legal Education in the Neoliberal University,” 72 National Lawyers Guild Review 65 (2015) and “The Rebellious Law Professor: Combining Cause and Reflective Lawyering,” 65 J. Legal Educ. 326 (2015). The Rebellious Law Professor was recently featured in Scholastica’s December 2015 spotlight blog, Becoming a “Rebellious Law Professor”: Interview with Harold McDougall.

In 2017, Prof. McDougall published his latest article, Class Contradictions in the Civil Rights Movement: The Politics of Respectability, Disrespect, and Self-Respect, 1 Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review 45. This article was also featured by Scholastica, in its May 2017, spotlight blog, Class Tensions and the Civil Rights Movement: Interview with Harold .McDougall.