Jerry Kang

Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of Asian American Studies (by courtesy)
Korea Times--Hankook Ilbo Chair in Korean American Studies and Law

  • A.B. Harvard, 1990
  • J.D. Harvard, 1993
  • UCLA Faculty Since 1995

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Jerry Kang is Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  He is also a Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, Professor of Asian American Studies (by courtesy) at UCLA, and the inaugural Korea Times — Hankook Ilbo Chair in Korean American Studies and Law.

Professor Jerry Kang’s teaching and research interests include civil procedure, race, and communications. On race, he has focused on the nexus between implicit bias and the law, with the goal of advancing a “behavioral realism” that imports new scientific findings from the mind sciences into legal discourse and policymaking. He is also an expert on Asian American communities, and has written about hate crimes, affirmative action, the Japanese American internment, and its lessons for the “War on Terror.” He is a co-author of Race, Rights, and Reparation: The Law and the Japanese American Internment (2d ed. Wolters Kluwer 2013).

On communications, Professor Kang has published on the topics of privacy, pervasive computing, mass media policy, and cyber-race (the techno-social construction of race in cyberspace). He is also the author of Communications Law & Policy: Cases and Materials (4th edition Foundation 2012), a leading casebook in the field.

During law school, Professor Kang was a supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review and Special Assistant to Harvard University’s Advisory Committee on Free Speech. After graduation, he clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, then worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on cyberspace policy.

He joined UCLA in Fall 1995 and has been recognized for his teaching by being elected Professor of the Year in 1998; receiving the law school’s Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007; and being chosen for the highest university-wide distinction, the University Distinguished Teaching Award (The Eby Award for the Art of Teaching) in 2010.  At UCLA, he was founding co-Director of the Concentration for Critical Race Studies, the first program of its kind in American legal education. He is also founding co-Director of PULSE: Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence.  During 2003-05, Prof. Kang was Visiting Professor at both Harvard Law School and Georgetown Law Center.  During the 2013-14 academic year, he was in residence at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice at NYU School of Law as a Straus Fellow as well as the David M. Friedman Fellow.

Prof. Kang is a member of the American Law Institute, has chaired the American Association of Law School’s Section on Defamation and Privacy, has served on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and has received numerous awards including the World Technology Award for Law and the Vice President’s “Hammer Award” for Reinventing Government.


  • Articles And Chapters
    • Rethinking Intent and Impact: Some Behavioral Realism about Equal Protection, 66 Alabama Law Review 627 (2015). SSRN
    • Implicit Bias in the Courtroom (with Judge Mark Bennett, Devon Carbado, Pam Casey, Nilanjana Dasgupta, David Faigman, Rachel Godsil, Anthony G. Greenwald, Justin Levinson & Jennifer Mnookin), 59 UCLA Law Review 1124-86 (2012). SSRN
    • Communications Law: Bits of Bias, in Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law (edited by Justin D. Levinson and Robert J. Smith, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012). SSRN
    • The Missing Quadrants of Antidiscrimination: Going Beyond the “Prejudice Polygraph”, 68 Journal of Social Issues 314-27 (2012). SSRN
    • Self-Surveillance Privacy (with Katie Shilton, Jeff Burke, Deborah Estrin, & Mark Hansen), 97 Iowa Law Review 809-47 (2012). SSRN
    • The Mismatch Critique: Comment on Fanto, Solan, and Darley, 89 North Carolina Law Review 937 (2011). Full Text
    • Comment on Uhlmann et al., Automatic Associations: Personal Attitudes or Cultural Knowledge?, in Ideology, Psychology, and Law (edited by Jon Hanson, Oxford Univ. Press, 2011). SSRN
    • Are Ideal Litigators White? Measuring the Myth of Colorblindness (with Gary Blasi, Nilanjana Dasgupta & Kumar Yogeeswaran), 7 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 886-915 (2010).
    • Implicit Bias and Pushback from the Left, 54 St. Louis Law Review 1139-50 (2010).
    • Seeing through Colorblindness: Implicit Bias and the Law (with Kristin Lane), 58 UCLA Law Review 465-520 (2010). Full Text
    • 2009 Implicit Bias Primer for Courts. This primer was written for the Race & Ethnic Fairness in the Courts project of the National Center for State Courts.  You can see related materials on the NCSC website.
    • Book Review, 27 (3) Law and History Review 704-705 (2009). Review of American Inquisition: Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in WWII, by Eric Muller.
    • Dodging Responsibility: The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States, in Race Law Stories (edited by Devon Carbado and Rachel Moran, 2008).
    • Urban Sensing: Out of the Woods (with Dana Cuff and Mark Hansen), 3 Communications of the ACM 24-33 (51). SSRN
    • Implicit Social Cognition and Law (with Kristin Lane & Mahzarin Banaji), 3 Annual Review of Law and Social Science 427-51 (2007). Annual Review
    • Race.Net Neutrality, 6 (1) Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law 1-22 (2007). SSRN
    • Fair Measures: A Behavioral Realist Revision of Affirmative Action (with Prof. Mahzarin Banaji), 94 California Law Review 1063-1118 (2006). SSRN
    • Pervasive Computing: Embedding the Public Sphere (with Dana Cuff), 62 Washington & Lee Law Review 93 (2005). SSRN
    • Trojan Horses of Race, 118 Harvard Law Review 1489-1593 (2005). Reprinted in Critical Race Realism: Intersections of Psychology, Race, and Law (Gregory S. Parks, et al., eds. 2008). SSRN
    • Watching the Watchers: Enemy Combatants in the Internment’s Shadow, 68 Law and Contemporary Problems 255 (2005). SSRN
    • Denying Prejudice: Internment, Redress, and Denial, 51 UCLA Law Review 933-1013 (2004). SSRN
    • Privacy in Atlantis: A Dialogue of Form and Substance (with Benedikt Buchner), 18 (1) Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 229-67 (2004). SSRN
    • Thinking through Internment: 12/7 and 9/11, 28 Amerasia 42-50 (2002). Reprinted In 9 Asian American Law Journal 195 (2002) and in Asian Americans on War and Peace 55-63 (Russell C. Leong & Don T. Nakanishi, eds. 2002). SSRN
    • E-racing E-lections, 34 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1155 (2001). SSRN
    • Cyber-Race, 113 Harvard Law Review 1131 (2000). SSRN
    • Information Privacy in Cyberspace Transactions, 50 Stanford Law Review 1193 (1998). SSRN
    • Beyond Self-Interest (with Gabriel J. Chin, Sumi Sho, and Frank H. Wu ), in Beyond Self-Interest: Asian Pacific Americans Toward a Community of Justice (UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1996). Reprinted in 4 UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal 129-62 (1996). SSRN
    • Negative Action Against Asian Americans: The Internal Instability of Dworkin’s Defense of Affirmative Action, 31 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 1-47 (1996). SSRN
    • Privacy and the NII: Safeguarding Telecommunications-Related Personal Information NTIA, Department of Commerce, 1995). [Access published version @ Department of Commerce, NTIA]
    • Racial Violence against Asian Americans, 106 Harvard Law Review 1926 (1993). Download (.pdf)
    • Rebel Without Cause, 105 Harvard Law Review 935-40 (1992). Review of Galileo’s Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom, by Peter Huber.
    • ISKCON v. Lee, 106 Harvard Law Review 279-89 (1992).  This is a case comment, writen as a student, on the public forum case ISKCON v. Lee.
  • Books
    • Communications Law & Policy: Cases and Materials (with Alan Butler) 6th ed. Direct Injection Press (2018). Book Info
    • Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law of the Japanese American Internment (with Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol L. Izumi, and Frank H. Wu) 2nd ed. Wolters Kluwer (2013).Table of Contents; Chapter 1: Prologue: Willed Concealing, Forgetting, Remembering and Repairing; Chapter 8. Epilogue: Watchful Care over the Loaded Weapon; Buy at Amazon
  • Other Publications
    • Book Review, Science (2017). Reviewing Race on the Brain: What Implicit Bias Gets Wrong About the Struggle for Racial Justice, by Jonathan Kahn.