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A.B., cum laude, Princeton University, 1988
M.A. (Philosophy), J.D., cum laude, Duke University, 1992


Asian Americans and the Law
Latinas, Latinos, and the Law
Critical Race Theory
Perspectives on Immigration and Citizenship

Robert S. Chang

Executive Director of the Korematsu Center and Professor of Law

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Robert S. Chang is a Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. He has also previously served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. He joined the School of Law from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was Professor of Law and J. Rex Dibble Fellow. A graduate of Princeton and Duke Universities, he writes primarily in the area of race and interethnic relations. He is the author of "Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law and the Nation-State" (NYU Press 1999), co-editor of "Minority Relations: Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation" (University Press of Mississippi 2017), and more than 50 articles, essays, and chapters published in leading law reviews and books on Critical Race Theory, LatCrit Theory, and Asian American Legal Studies.

He has received numerous recognitions for his scholarship and service. He was the 2009 co-recipient of the Clyde Ferguson Award, given by the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools, which is "granted to an outstanding law teacher who in the course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship." He became an elected member of the American Law Institute in 2012, and he was the co-recipient of the 2014 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington for his leadership role in a statewide task force on race and the criminal justice system. In addition to co-chairing the task force, he led the research team that produced its Preliminary Report on Race and Washington's Criminal Justice System that was presented to the Washington Supreme Court and was published simultaneously in the Gonzaga Law Review, the Seattle University Law Review, and the Washington Law Review. The Korematsu Center that he founded has also received numerous recognitions for its work.

He is currently serving as co-counsel representing high school students in Tucson who have challenged the constitutionality of an Arizona statute that resulted in the termination of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District. That case, after several years and a positive ruling at the Ninth Circuit is headed for trial in 2017. He is also serving as co-counsel to two tribes in Alaska that have asserted constitutional and statutory protections for Native foster children subjected to involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. Students from his Civil Rights Amicus and Advocacy Clinic have assisted on these and other cases.



Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law, and the Nation-State (New York University Press, 1999).

Asian Americans and the Law: A Reader (under contract, New York University Press, forthcoming 2009) (co-editor, with Neil Gotanda).

Articles and Essays

John Calmore's America, 86 North Carolina Law Review 739 (2008) (with Catherine E. Smith).

Afterword: The Race Question in LatCrit Theory and Asian American Jurisprudence, 7 Nevada Law Journal 1012 (2007) (with Neil Gotanda).

The Adventures of Blackness in Western Culture: An Epistolary Exchange on Old and New Identity Wars, 39 U.C. Davis Law Review 1189 (2006) (with Adrienne D. Davis).

Business as Usual? Brown and the Continuing Conundrum of Race in America, 2004 University of Illinois Law Review 1181 (2004) (with Jerome M. Culp, Jr.).

(Racial) Profiles in Courage, or Can We Be Heroes, Too? 66 Albany Law Review 349 (2003).

Closing Essay: Developing a Collective Memory to Imagine a Better Future, 49 UCLA Law Review 1601 (2002).

After Intersectionality, 71 UMKC Law Review 485 (2002) (with Jerome Culp).

Los Angeles as a Single-Cell Organism, 34 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 843 (2001).

Dreaming in Black and White: Racial-Sexual Policing in The Birth of a Nation, The Cheat, and Who Killed Vincent Chin?, 5 Asian Law Journal 41 (1998).

Who's Afraid of Tiger Woods?, 19 Chicano-Latino Law Review 223(1998).

Nothing and Everything: Race, Romer, and (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual) Rights, 6 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 229 (1997) (with Jerome Culp).

Centering the Immigrant in the Inter/National Imagination, 85 California Law Review 1395, 10 La Raza Law Journal 309 (1997) (with Keith Aoki) (published simultaneously in both journals).

Racial Cross-Dressing, 2 Harvard Latino Law Review 423 (1997).

Passion and the Asian American Legal Scholar, 3 Asian Law Journal 105 (1996) (Keynote Address, Asian Law Journal Spring 1996 Banquet).

Reverse Racism!: Affirmative Action, the Family, and the Dream that Is America, 23 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 1115 (1996).

The Nativist's Dream of Return, 9 La Raza Law Journal 55 (1996).

The End of Innocence, or, Politics After the Fall of the Essential Subject, 45 American University Law Review 687 (1996).

Toward an Asian American Legal Scholarship: Critical Race Theory, Post-structuralism, and Narrative Space, 81 California Law Review 1241 (1993), reprinted in 1 Asian Law Journal 1 (1994).

Book or Anthology Chapters

Who Are You Rooting For? Transnationalism, the World Cup, and War, in Pedagogies of the Global: Knowledge in the Human Interest (Arif Dirlik ed., Paradigm Publishers, 2006).

Critiquing "Race" and Its Uses: Critical Race Theory's Uncompleted Argument, in Crossroads, Directions, and a New Critical Race Theory 87 (Francisco Valdes, Jerome Culp, & Angela Harris eds., Temple University Press, 2002).

Who's Afraid of Tiger Woods, in Mixed Race America and the Law: A Reader (Kevin Johnson ed., New York University Press 2002).

Why We Need a Critical Asian American Legal Studies, in Asian American Studies: A Reader (Jean Yu-Wen Shen Wu & Min Song eds., Rutgers University Press, 2000).

Toward an Asian American Legal Scholarship, reprinted in Power, Privilege and Law: A Civil Rights Reader (Leslie Bender & Daan Braveman eds., West Publishing, 1994), reprinted in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge (Richard Delgado ed., Temple University Press, 1995), reprinted in Readings on Race and Law (Alex Johnson ed., West Publishing, forthcoming 1999).

A Meditation on Borders, in Immigrants Out!: The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States (Juan Perea ed., New York University Press, 1997).

Review Essays and Other Writings

"Testing the ‘Model Minority Myth'": A Case of Weak Empiricism, 101 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy 5 (2007) (with Rose Cuison Villazor).

A Call from Jerome, 50 Villanova Law Review 785 (2005) (tribute to the late Jerome M. Culp, Jr.).

Teaching Asian Americans and the Law: Struggling with History, Identity, and Politics, 10 Asian Law Journal 59 (2003).

Syllabus: Asian Americans and the Law, 10 Asian Law Journal 105 (2003).

"Forget the Alamo": Race Courses as a Struggle Over History and Collective Memory, 13 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 113 (2003).

The Sojourner's Truth and Other Stories, 55 University of Florida Law Review 479 (2003).

When Interests Diverge, 100 Michigan Law Review 1532 (2002) (reviewing Mary L. Didziak, Cold War Civil Rights (Princeton University Press, 2001)) (with Peter Kwan).

Book Review, 5:3 Journal of Asian American Studies 285 (2002) (reviewing Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol L. Izumi, Jerry Kang & Frank Wu, Race Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment (Aspen Law & Business, 2001)).

Performing LatCrit, 33 U.C. Davis Law Review 1277 (2000) (with Natasha Fuller).

Facing History, Facing Ourselves: Eric Yamamoto and the Quest for Justice, 5 Michigan Journal of Race & Law 111 (1999) (reviewing Eric K. Yamamoto, Interracial Justice: Conflict and Reconciliation in Post-Civil Rights America (NYU Press 1998).

Pain and Promise of Memory, American Bar Association Journal, Nov. 1999, at 68.

Foreword: Citizenship and Its Discontents: Centering the Immigrant in the Inter/National Imagination (Part II), 76 Oregon Law Review 207 (1997) (with Keith Aoki and Ibrahim Gassama) (Symposium: Citizenship and Its Discontents).

Foreword: Toward a Radical and Plural Democracy, 33 California Western Law Review 139 (1997) (Symposium).

Works in Progress

Making Up Is Hard to Do: Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation in the Law School Classroom (with Adrienne D. Davis).

Patriot Games: Iconic Images of the U.S.-Pacific Wars and the Question of National Belonging (book project)

Jerome McCristal Culp, Jr., A Critical Race Journey (Robert S. Chang ed.) (book project)

Recent Activity

Ethnic studies case heads to trial in Tucson

June 21, 2017
The case that helped launch the law school’s Civil Rights Clinic in 2012 heads back to the courtroom this summer, as Professor Robert Chang and a team of attorneys continue legal efforts to protect ethnic studies in Arizona.

Derogatory trademarks aren't about free speech. They're about discrimination.

June 21, 2017
Professor Robert Chang disagrees with U.S. Supreme Court in racist trademarks case.

Korematsu Center joins Michigan fight against Trump's travel ban

May 22, 2017
The Korematsu Center was joined by other amici in filing Eastern District of Michigan amicus brief in Arab American Civil Rights League v. Trump.

Judge Compares Trump's Travel Ban Defense To Case For Japanese-American Incarceration

May 19, 2017
Professor Robert Chang describes the work of our Korematsu Center in opposing the White House travel ban.

What 9th Circuit Is Saying About Trump's New Travel Ban

May 15, 2017
Our Korematsu Center's amicus brief featured prominently in oral arguments against the White House travel ban.

Judge compares Trump's Muslim ban to one of the worst chapters in American history

May 15, 2017
Federal judge references Korematsu Center's amicus brief when asking about White House travel ban.

Trump's puzzling strategy on old, new travel bans

March 05, 2017
Plaintiffs will challenge both versions of President Trump's travel ban if necessary, says Professor Robert Chang.

Trump set to issue streamlined immigrant travel ban

February 20, 2017
Professor Robert Chang speculates on constitutional claims against Trump's new travel ban.

Korematsu Center joins children of Japanese internment litigants to fight travel ban

February 16, 2017
The center was joined by the children of litigants in the Japanese relocation and incarceration cases from World War II, civil rights organizations, and national and New York bar associations of color.

Korematsu Center files amicus brief in Washington state's case against Trump

February 06, 2017
In its amicus brief, the Korematsu Center asserts that courts actually can – and should – review executive branch action on immigration.

Deny trademark of hateful names: Opposing view

January 30, 2017
Professor Robert Chang co-authors an editorial against federal registration of disparaging trademarks.

Korematsu Center condemns President Trump's executive order restricting immigration

January 29, 2017
Korematsu Center condemns President Trump's executive order restricting immigration

Civil Rights Groups Hail Appeals Court Ruling in Case Challenging Exclusion of Dark-Skinned Juror

December 30, 2016
Professor Robert Chang welcomes a NY court ruling on skin color discrimination.

Lee v Tam Symposium: Market failure

December 20, 2016
Professor Robert Chang writes that racially disparaging trademarks represent a failure of the free market.

Korematsu Center weighs in on juror exclusion due to skin color

October 24, 2016
The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Korematsu Center) joined 19 other bar associations and non-profit organizations, and 32 law school professors in filing an amicus brief with the New York Court of Appeals, urging the Court to recognize that excluding an individual from jury service based on the color of her skin violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States and New York Constitutions.

Korematsu Center lends support to fight against racist football team name

February 12, 2016
In a powerfully written call for racial justice, the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality has filed an amicus brief to support five Native American activists who are challenging a federal trademark for Washington, D.C.'s football team.

Professor Robert Chang named 'Leader in Diversity'

November 13, 2015
Professor Robert Chang is featured in the article "Why Diversity Matters." The article calls out the Civil Rights Amicus Clinic and our work on behalf of high school students fighting to preserve Mexican American Studies in Arizona.

Korematsu Center defends teacher protections in California case

September 17, 2015
State laws that protect teachers from arbitrary or discriminatory dismissal should be retained because they help students, especially those in underprivileged schools, according to an amicus brief filed by our Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, the American Association of University Professors, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and 17 award-winning California teachers.

Is calling your Asian-American band The Slants racist?

August 26, 2015
Professor Robert Chang is quoted about opposition to a trademark for the name of a Portland dance rock band.

Asian Bar Groups Take Issue With Band's Trademark Fight

July 28, 2015
Our Korematsu Center joins in an amicus brief supporting the denial of a trademark for a Portland band whose name is a historically disparaging word.

If Sandra Bland Were a White Woman, Statistics Show She'd Be Alive Today

July 22, 2015
Professor Robert Chang's research on racial disparity in the criminal justice system, particularly minor traffic offenses, is cited in The Huffington Post's coverage of ‪Sandra Bland‬.

Law school fights to defend ethnic studies in Arizona

January 16, 2015
Students and faculty from Seattle University School of Law were in federal court in San Francisco for the long-awaited arguments in a case defending ethnic studies in Tucson, Arizona.