What excites you most about joining the UCI Law faculty?
I am excited to be teaching at a law school dedicated to excellence and innovation not only in research, but also in legal education. As a scholar, I am especially excited to be at a law school that is part of a university that is a leading center of interdisciplinary legal studies. As a teacher, I can’t wait for my first day in the classroom here and to work with the law school’s students.
Why did you go into law teaching?
Teaching seems to run in my family. My sister and I are third-generation teachers, and I am very happy to be able to combine my love of teaching with my excitement about law as a field of study. I hope my students both learn about the practice of law and develop a sense of intellectual excitement about law.
Describe your scholarship.
My research focuses on the legal rules, both domestic and international, that apply to transnational activity. I try to combine traditional legal analysis with social scientific analysis in creative ways that I hope can help us better understand not only what these rules mean, but also how they actually influence — and are influenced by — transnational actors. To borrow Roscoe Pound’s words, I am interested in both transnational law "in books" and "in action."
What inspired you to go to law school?
Ever since my courses on international relations and international law as an undergraduate at UCLA, I have been fascinated by the complicated relationship between law and international relations. I went to law school, and eventually to graduate school in political science, to pursue that interest.