Ian Haney Lopez

John H. Boalt professor of law

Ian Haney López is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. His current research emphasizes the connection between racial divisions in society and growing wealth inequality in the United States. His most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, lays bare how conservative politicians exploit racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very rich and hurt everyone else. He has published groundbreaking books on the social and legal construction of both white and Latino racial identity, including Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice and White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race. He edited an anthology titled Race, Law and Society and co-edited After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy, and a New Reconstruction. His numerous articles have appeared in, among others, the Stanford Law Review, Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, and Pennsylvania Law Review. His work has also been featured in more than two dozen anthologies and encyclopedias, and he has published opinion pieces in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Haney López previously taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, visited at Yale Law School, and was a Rockefeller Fellow in Law and Humanities at Stanford University.