Neil Gotanda



Neil Gotanda is Professor Emeritus at Western State College of Law in Irvine, California. He is a graduate of Stanford University, UC Berkeley School of Law and Harvard Law School. After graduating from UC Berkeley School of Law, he was an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, California Rural Legal Assistance and California Fair Employment and Housing Commission. At the Commission, he drafted the employment discrimination and procedural regulations. 

He has written extensively on racial theory, critical race theory and Asian American jurisprudence. In 1977, he was a participant in the first Conference on Critical Legal Studies. He was a co-founder of the Conference on Critical Race Theory and developed the earliest courses on Asian American Jurisprudence. He was awarded the 1997 Clyde Ferguson Award by the Section on Minority Groups of the American Association of Law Schools. In the same year, the Asian American Law Journal honored him with a Symposium Issue on his writings. In 2008, he delivered the inaugural Neil Gotanda Lecture in Asian American Jurisprudence of the Asian American Law Journal at Berkeley, California. In fall 2009, he was Fulbright Professor at Wuhan University School of Law in Wuhan, China. In 2012 he was named recipient of the inaugural Chris Kando Iijima Teacher and Mentor award by the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty.

He has been a regular participant in the meetings of the Association for Asian American Studies since 1987.  He has also attended meetings of the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative.

He is co-editor with Kimberle Crenshaw, Gary Peller and Kendall Thomas of Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement (1995).  His other publications include Other Non-Whites in American Legal History: A Review of "Justice at War," (1985);  A Critique of "Our Constitution is Color-Blind," (1991); The Story of Korematsu: The Japanese American Cases in Constitutional Law Stories (2004); New Directions in Asian American Jurisprudence (2010); ), The Racialization of Islam (2011); Beyond Supreme Court Anti-Discrimination: an Essay on Racial Subordinations, Racial Pleasures and Commodified Race (2012). His recent research has examined the Muslim category in American law. 

Current Courses:

Asian Americans and the Law