The Critical Theory and Social Justice Journal of Undergraduate Research is a peer-reviewed journal whose mission is to offer a transformative space for undergraduate students to engage critical theory in the pursuit of social justice and to open up new possibilities for thinking and liberation.

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The Critical Theory and Social Justice Undergraduate Journal

Published by the Department of Critical Theory & Social Justice at Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA



We are a peer-reviewed journal that is seeking undergraduate articles and other work that offer interventions and reinventions in the field of critical theory with a special—though not exclusive—interest in work that brings critical theory to bear in a way that pursues liberation and social justice. We welcome essays and art work that (a) draw upon any aspect of critical theory; (b) take up and critically analyze political and social movements, issues, crises and possibilities; (c) or provide thoughtful first-hand assessments of activism as it is taking place.

*Submit by April 7, 2023 for Inclusion in the Spring 2024 Issue (Volume 12)


2022-3 Student Editorial Board

Hunter Eisenstein, Geiselle Gatewood, Maylene Hughes, Ezgi Koç, Emily Williams, Raina Pahade


Send Submissions to meeting the following guidelines:



Submissions must have been written during the author’s time as an undergraduate student.

ART WORK: We are also seeking artwork submissions that push the boundaries of its medium to offer critical insights into issues of social justice. These artworks may submit an Artist’s Statement instead of an Abstract.



Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format

Chicago Style sheet with footnotes and a bibliography

Abstract included (can be substituted with an Artist’s Statement for artwork submissions)

Cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic)

Mission of the Journal

Critical Theory and Social Justice: Journal of Undergraduate Research is a peer-reviewed journal whose  mission is to offer a transformative space for undergraduate students to engage critical theory in the pursuit of social justice. Through the articles and art that we publish, this journal seeks to serve as a platform for practical interventions that draw upon the various discourses and approaches with which our authors and artists work.

The Journal is unique in publishing original undergraduate articles and artwork in its field. It is reflective of Occidental College’s Department of Critical Theory & Social Justice (CTSJ), the only undergraduate academic department of its kind.

Since publishing its first volume in 2010, CTSJ's Undergraduate Research Journal has become a robust and respected institution at its home campus of Occidental College and at peer institutions such as Middlebury College, Brown University, Stanford University, Scripps College, Tufts University, and Yale University. CTSJ is dedicated to providing a forum for undergraduate students to develop and share critical research and writing on the intersections of power dynamics and inequalities as they relate to problems of social justice. The Journal seeks to foster an exchange of ideas across disciplines and to deepen understandings of systems of injustice; in this way, the Journal advances the mission of Occidental College: to develop critical, thoughtful, and active participation in an increasingly pluralistic and conflict-ridden global culture.

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via faculty advisor and Editor in Chief, Prof. Malek Moazzam-Doulat (

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