The CRS Faculty have authored seminal works in critical race theory and continue to push the theoretical and methodological envelopes of the entire field. Their reputation is world renowned and their interests reflect the diversity of thought and practice areas within critical race studies.

Core Faculty

Devon W. Carbado, CRS Faculty Director ('13-'15)
Devon W. Carbado Professor Carbado, (CRS Faculty Director 2003-2004) has been elected Professor of the Year twice, recieved the Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2007 was bestowed with the University Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest attainment of academic and professional excellence in the UC system. He is the editor of Black Men on Race, Gender and Sexuality (1999) and his current research includes a book manuscript on employment discrimination entitled Acting White. His scholarship appears in law reviews at Yale, Cornell, and Michigan, among other places. In the CRS Curriculum, he teaches Critical Race Theory, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and advanced seminars in Critical Race Theory, as well as teaching Constitutional Law.
Khaled Abou El Fadl
Khaled M. Abou El Fadl Professor Abou el Fadl, a leading international authority in Islamic law, holds the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Endowed Chair in Islamic law. He was named a 2005 Carnegie Scholar in Islamic Studies. In addition to his expertise in Islamic Law, he lectures, testifies, teaches, and writes about immigration law, human rights, and terrorism. His books include, The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists (2005); Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam (2001); Rebellion in Islamic Law (2001); Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women (2001); And God Knows the Soldiers: The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourse (2nd ed. revised and expanded, 2001). He teaches Immigration Law, Law and Terrorism, Asylum and Refugee Law, and a seminar on Islamic Law & Human Rights in the CRS curriculum.
Asli Bâli
Asli Ü. Bâli Professor Bâli is Acting Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. She teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights and a seminar on the Laws of War. She joins the UCLA faculty from the Yale Law School where she was the Irving S. Ribicoff Fellow in Law and Coordinator of the Middle East Legal Forum.Bâli’s research interests focus on public international law generally, including the intersection of international law and international relations, as well as issues of non-proliferation, human rights and humanitarian law.
Kimberlé Crenshaw
Kimberlé W. Crenshaw Professor Crenshaw (Faculty Director 2009 - 2011), was elected Professor of the Year in 1991 and 1994, is recognized as one of the founders of Critical Race Theory, the body of legal scholarship on race that has had enormous influence within and outside the legal academy. An editor of Critical Race Theory: Key Writings That Formed the Movement (1995), she has been the author of many such writings, including Race, Reform, and Retrenchment, published in the Harvard Law Review (1988). She teaches Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and advanced seminars in Advanced Critical Race Theory, “Race, Law, and Representation,” “Race, Surveillance, and Punishment,” and “Intersectionality.”
Carole F. Goldberg
Carole F. Goldberg Professor Goldberg, a founder and director of the Law School’s Joint Degree Program with UCLA’s Interdepartmental Program in American Indian Studies, is a renowned Indian law scholar. Experienced as scholar and practitioner of Indian Law for more than 20 years, she is co-author of American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System (2001). In the curriculum, she teaches Federal Indian Law and a Tribal Law Seminar, and has been central in designing the Law School’s Tribal Legal Development Clinic. She serves as chairperson of the Faculty Advisory Committee of UCLA School of Law’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center and was recently awarded $1.5 million by the National Institute of Justice to study the administration of justice in Indian country.
Laura E. Gómez
Laura E. Gómez Professor Gómez (CRS Founding Co-Director 2000-2002) has lectured widely and has published numerous articles (including a 2000 article in Law and Society Review), book chapters, and op-ed commentaries, as well as two books. Her scholarship has focused on the intersection of law, politics and social stratification in both contemporary and historical contexts. In Misconceiving Mothers: Legislators, Prosecutors and the Politics of Prenatal Drug Exposure (1997), she documented the career of the “crack baby”/”crack mother” social problem in the media and public policy, situating it at the nexus of the abortion debate, the drug war, and competing discourses of criminalization and medicalization as they played out in the late 1980s. In her 2007 book, Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race (released in paperback in September 2008), Gómez examines how law and racial ideology intersected to create new racial groups and to re-structure the turn-of-the-twentieth century racial order in the U.S. In a new project with sociologist Nancy López (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico), she will explore the contemporary legacy of that racial order for the scientific study of “race”; how has the right’s co-optation of the fact that race is sociallyconstructed promoted the reigning color-blind ideology and what does that mean for how scholars and policymakers operationalize race?
Cheryl I. Harris
Cheryl I. Harris Professor Harris is the author of the enormously influential article "Whiteness as Property", published in the Harvard Law Review (1993). A nationally-recognized expert in race theory and anti-discrimination law, she teaches Critical Race Theory, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and a seminar on Race-Conscious Remedies in the CRS curriculum, as well as teaching Constitutional Law. In 2005, she was awarded the Distinguished Professor Award by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.
Jerry Kang
Jerry Kang Professor Kang, CRS Faculty Director 2007-2009 and Founding Co-Director 2000-2002, was voted Professor of the Year in 1998 and awarded the Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007. He writes on race, communications, and their intersection. On race, he has focused on the Asian American community and on the legal implications of recent discoveries in social cognition. He is a co-author of Race, Rights, and Reparation: The Law and the Japanese American Internment (Aspen 2001). On communications, he has published interdisciplinary articles on information privacy, pervasive computing, and mass media policy. He is also the author of Communications Law & Policy (2d ed. Foundation 2005). At the nexus of these fields, he has published two groundbreaking articles in the Harvard Law Review about how race is constructed in cyberspace (Cyber-race 2000) and how FCC media policy inadvertently exacerbates implicit bias (Trojan Horses of Race 2005). He teaches Asian American Jurisprudence in the CRS curriculum.
Gerald López
Gerald López In 1975, after a clerkship with the Honorable Edward J. Schwartz, Professor López joined Tom Adler, Roy Cazares, and Napoleon Jones in founding a San Diego law firm, specializing in criminal defense, civil rights litigation, and community mobilization. In 2003, he founded the Center for Community Problem Solving in New York City, working with low-income, of color, and immigrant communities to address social, economic, and legal problems. Professor López has served on the NYU, Standford, and Harvard law faculties. Among the courses he currently teaches are Rebellious Lawyering Workshop, Reentry Clinic, Economic Development Clinic, Problem Solving Workshop, and Transforming Legal Education Workshop. He has litigated extensively, as lead counsel in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters, before trial courts, appellate courts, and the United StatesSupreme Court. With others, he has championed a rebellious vision on progressive law practice – and of the problem solving of which lawyering is one example. He has published many acclaimed community-focused books, including Reentry Guide to New York City (2005); Streetwise About Money (2006), and many articles on problem solving, race, immigration, health of undocumented Mexicans, and legal education. He is the author of Rebellious Lawyering (1992), an influential book about lawyering, progressive law practice, and community problem solving. He has been honored with many community, civil rights, and teaching awards, including Standford and UCLA’s Teacher of the Year, The Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence, the University Distinguished Teaching Award and the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching.
Jyoti Nanda
Jyoti Nanda Professor Nanda is a Lecturer in Law in the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law. Professor Nanda's teaching interests include public interest advocacy, civil rights, and juvenile justice. She teaches the EPILP section of the Lawyering Skills course as well as a Youth & Justice seminar on juvenile delinquency. She also assists Professor Gary Blasi in teaching Public Policy Advocacy and Fact Investigation clinical courses. In 2008, Professor Nanda received a grant from the Center for Community Partnerships to launch the Juvenile Justice Project, a collaborative project focusing on addressing educational issues and the racial disparity within the juvenile delinquency system in Los Angeles County. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA School of Law, Professor Nanda was a staff attorney and Skadden fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
Angela Riley
Angela Riley Professor Riley is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and Director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. She teaches courses in Property, Cultural Property, American Indian Law, and Indigenous Peoples’ Cultural Resources.Professor Riley teaches and writes in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights, with a particular emphasis on cultural property and Native governance. Her work has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Washington Law Review and others. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and her law degree from Harvard Law School. After clerking for Chief Judge T. Kern of the Northern District of Oklahoma, she worked as a litigator at Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles, specializing in intellectual property litigation. Professor Riley joined Southwestern Law School in 2003. That same year she was selected to serve on her tribe’s Supreme Court, becoming the first woman and youngest Justice of the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma. In 2010, she was elected as Chief Justice. She is also an Evidentiary Hearing Officer for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. The students of Southwestern voted her Professor of the Year in 2007, and she was named the Rosenberg Professor of Law in 2007-08.
Jasleen Kohli
Jasleen Kohli
Jasleen Kohli is the Director of the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law. The Director of the Critical Race Studies Program is the primary administrator of the CRS specialization, and is also responsible for the development and management of CRS Program activities aimed at the broader law school community.
Kohli has practiced in the areas of civil rights, labor law, and policy development, and her work revolves around integrating Critical Race Theory principles into practice. Prior to joining UCLA Law, Kohli served as policy analyst for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), a leading advocacy organization dedicated to promoting sustainable economic development. At LAANE, Kohli developed and advocated for innovative policies designed to address social inequality in the city’s lowest wage sectors and authored the reports A Tale of Two Cities: How Long Beach's Investment in Downtown Tourism has Contributed to Poverty Next Door (2009) and Transforming the Gateway to L.A.: The Economic Benefits of a Sustainable Tourism Model (2009). Prior to her position at LAANE, Kohli was the first in-house counsel at UNITE HERE Local 11, the union representing hotel and food service workers. At UNITE HERE Local 11, she represented the union in arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and developed and implemented legal strategies to advance union organizing campaigns.
Kohli received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from UC Berkeley with Highest Honors in English Literature, with an emphasis in postcolonial theory. While at Harvard Law, she served as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, representing low-income clients in family law matters, and co-directed and produced a highly regarded documentary on issues of race and legal pedagogy entitled Legally Black and Brown and Yellow and Red.
CRS Law Teaching Fellow - Khaled Beydoun
Khaled A. Beydoun Professor Beydoun earned his B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in 2000. Thereafter, he received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2004. While at law school, Beydoun was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Islamic & Near Eastern Law, on the staff of the Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs, and on the executive board of the National Latino/a Law Student Association. He earned his LL.M. degree from the University of Toronto School of Law in 2008, where he served as senior articles editor of the Toronto Law Review. Upon graduation from UCLA Law, Beydoun worked as a legal analyst for the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Middle East and North Africa desk. He also served as an attorney and an organizer in a joint project of the ACLU and the African American Policy Forum in Michigan during the campaign to adopt Proposal 2, a statewide, anti-affirmative action initiative. After earning his LL.M., Beydoun worked as an attorney in the office of the State Appellate Defender of Michigan, representing indigent clients. Recently, he has served as a legal consultant for the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He is also a founding member of a non-profit NGO, the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association which promotes the rule of law and democracy in Egypt.


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