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Ian Haney Lopez, John H. Boalt professor of law

Ian Haney Lopez

Ian Haney Lopez is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. He has published ground breaking books on the social, and specifically legal, construction of race: Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice (Harvard/Belknap 2003) documents how police violence not only radicalized but racialized Mexican-American activists during the late 1960s, helping to spark the development of a non-white Chicano identity. White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race (NYU 1996, revised ed. 2006) details judicial efforts to interpret the "white person" prerequisite in place in U.S. naturalization law until 1952.

Professor Haney Lopez also edited an anthology titled Race, Law and Society (Ashgate 2006), and co-edited After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy, and a New Reconstruction (NYU 2008). 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 Lopez 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.

His current research examines the emergence and operation of colorblindness in U.S. constitutional law as a harbinger of a new racial ideology aimed at legitimating and preserving the racial status quo.

Posts by Ian Haney Lopez

6-9-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Blind spot: How reactionary colorblindness has infected our courts and our politics