Ian Haney López

Earl Warren Professor of Public Law

Ian Haney López holds an endowed chair as the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at UC Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. The author or editor of five books, his most recent is "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class" (Oxford 2014). There he describes how for 50 years Republicans, and some Democrats too, have exploited racial pandering to build resentment toward government, fooling voters into supporting policies that favor the very wealthiest while hurting everyone else. One of the nation’s leading thinkers on racism’s evolution since the civil rights era, Haney López is also a senior fellow at Demos, a public policy organization, and is the director of the Racial Politics Project at UC Berkeley's Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Haney López has been a visiting law professor at Yale, New York University and Harvard. He holds a master’s in history from Washington University, a master’s in public policy from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard.