Robert S. Chang

Executive Director of the Korematsu Center and Professor of Law
Curriculum Vitae

Contact

Sullivan Hall 112
(206) 398-4025
changro@seattleu.edu

Education

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

Specializations

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

Courses

Contracts (CONT-100-E)

Biography

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 went to trial in summer 2017, with an order issued in August 2017 finding that the statute had been enacted and enforced in violation of the 1st and 14th Amendments. He is also serving as co-counsel in two cases in Alaska challenging the involuntary psychiatric hospitalization and forced psychotropic medication of Native foster children. Students from his Civil Rights Clinic have assisted on these and other cases.

Publications

Books

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

In the News

Children of Internment Resisters Attack Travel Ban in Supreme Court Brief

September 20, 2017 | NBC News

On behalf of former litigants' families, the Korematsu Center filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court to challenge constitutionality of travel ban.

Hirabayashi, Yasui, Korematsu families file brief in Supreme Court in opposition to travel ban

September 18, 2017

The Korematsu Center filed an amicus brief on behalf of the children of Gordon Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred Korematsu in opposition of Trump's travel ban.

Ethnic studies case heads to trial in Tucson

June 21, 2017

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

June 21, 2017 | Washington Post

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 | Huff Post

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 | National Law Journal

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 | ThinkProgress

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 | San Francisco Chronicle

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 | USA Today

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

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

February 06, 2017

Deny trademark of hateful names: Opposing view

January 30, 2017 | USA Today

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

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

December 30, 2016 | New York Law Journal

Professor Robert Chang welcomes a NY court ruling on skin color discrimination.

Lee v Tam Symposium: Market failure

December 20, 2016 | SCOTUSblog

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