Faculty Profiles

Claudia Peña

Claudia L. Peña

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Mills College, 2003
J.D. UCLA, 2008

Claudia Peña teaches Introduction to Disability Law. Her research interests include civil, human, and disability rights as well as human trafficking and incarceration.

Peña is currently co-director and co-founder of Repair, an organization based in Los Angeles that addresses how systems of oppression and exploitation, such as racism, make people sick and disable communities. She conducts community workshops that teach members of the public about their rights regarding health care and patient rights or how oppression has a physiological impact on the body. She has testified at Senate hearings with regard to sex trafficking and previously directed the California Civil Rights Coalition for 5 years. Peña also teaches an undergraduate course at UCLA called Law, Gender & Disability.

Peña earned her B.A. at Mills College in Sociology and her J.D. at UCLA School of Law where she specialized in the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies. Her work has be published in California Lawyer, Non-Profit Quarterly, and Georgetown Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives.