Letter from the Editor

Dear readers,

I am excited to announce the publication of our outstanding Volume 8, Issue 2 of the William & Mary Policy Review. This issue covers a range of policy topics, from political secrecy to civil rights law, and quantitative analysis in social justice research and advocacy. 

The first article in this issue features Professor Amy Baker Benjamin, who develops a new way of classifying political secrecy, and uses it to explore the breadth of political secrecy in the U.S. Next we feature Professor Eric Yordy, who offers a critique of the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ report on tensions between religion and antidiscrimination, and offers a better approach. Lastly, we present the transcript of the Review's third annual Spring Symposium,  which features an expert panel discussion on how quantitative analysis can be used in social justice research and policy advocacy. The panel includes Professor Caroline Hanley of William & Mary’s sociology department, Laura Goren, Research Director of The Commonwealth Institute, and Luis Aguilar, an advocate with We Are CASA.

On behalf of the 2016-2017 senior editorial board, I thank the authors, peer reviewers, and the editorial staff of the Policy Review, whose hard work and careful editing made this publication possible. Thanks also go to the William & Mary Program in Public Policy for its ongoing support of the journal. Best of luck to the current staff of the Review, as we look forward to the publication of the first issue of Volume 9.


Adam Windram

Editor in Chief, 2016-2017