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Vania Blaiklock


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Research Interests: Critical Race Studies; Critical Legal Studies; African American Studies; 19th and 20th Century Black Education; Constitutional Jurisprudence; First Amendment Jurisprudence – Religion Clauses; American Legal History


Vania Blaiklock is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies. Her research often deals with the intersection of race, religion, and education in American Jurisprudence, with an emphasis on the impact this intersection has on the political and societal advancement or oppression of Black Americans. Vania’s work often deals with the legal strategies and discourses used to maintain educational inequality for Black middle and high school students. She has written on the relationship between school choice alternatives, educational inequality, and the history of segregation. Currently, Vania is working on expanding that research in the context of religious charter schools. Additionally, her dissertation explores the relationship between Black Americans’ pursuit of literacy as a means of citizenship and the existence of a constitutional fundamental right to literacy. Prior to her work in graduate school, Vania worked as a general practice attorney in both Hampton Roads and Richmond.

The Unintended Consequences of the Courts Religious Freedom Revolution: A History of White Supremacy in Private Christian Church Schools, 117 Nw. U. L. Rev. Online 46 (2022)

M.A., American Studies, William & Mary, 2022

J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2018

B.A., Political Science, 2015

Bar Admission
State of Virginia, 2018
Professional Experience

Associate Attorney, Vandeventer Black LLP, 2018-2020