Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy: Call for Submissions

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Call for Submissions

Poverty as a Policy Choice: Pandemic Responses in the Trump Era

The Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy at Georgetown University Law Center invites original submissions for publication in Volume 28, Issue II (our Winter issue). The journal is seeking timely articles about the poverty-related impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that engage with the theme of “Poverty as A Policy Choice: Pandemic Responses in the Trump Era.” The themed issue will consider the broadly defined intersection of poverty law, policy, and COVID-19. The journal is interested in submissions that address this subject from numerous perspectives.

Potential topic areas may include but are not limited to:

·   Health disparities. Topics may include a discussion of the impact of COVID on healthcare options; disproportionate treatment for low income communities in public health crises; a discussion on the mental health of individuals experiencing compounding economic & racial crises; the role of underlying health conditions in exacerbating the impact of COVID-19 in low income communities.

·   Housing Insecurity. Topics may include a discussion of the CARES Act; eviction moratoriums; the prolonged nature of the pandemic and its impact on affordable housing/homelessness; post pandemic opportunities to make housing a legal right.

·   Labor & Employment. Topics may include a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on low-wage and/or essential workers; hazard pay for essential workers, the impact of COVID-19 on the FLSA and expanded protections for low-income workers; COVID-19’s impact on informal economies.

·   2020 Presidential Election. Topics may include poverty law & policy under a new presidential administration or a second Trump term; federal spending priorities that may reduce poverty; voter disenfranchisement; election administration during COVID-19; 2020 Census.


Submission Guidelines:

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 13, 2020 by 11:59 PM EST. Submissions at any stage of development are welcome, though more developed submissions may receive preference. Decisions will be made by December 1, 2020 and final papers will be due in early January. Please email submissions to with the subject “GJPLP: Volume 28(2) Submission.” For full submission instructions, please visit this link.


Submission Information: We welcome submissions from diverse authors across disciplines and encourage submissions from authors that be featured in our “Voices of Poverty” section.

Questions: Please email any questions to