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The Aoki Center’s first goal is to connect faculty who conduct critical scholarship on issues involving race, immigration and nation with one another and with interested students. In order to do so, the Aoki Center sponsors programs at King Hall and the UC Davis campus. Below is a sampling of faculty research that highlights the work that King Hall professors and professors across the UC Davis campus are doing in race, immigration and nation studies. 

Johnson, Kevin. Gideon v. Wainwright and the Right to Counsel in Immigration Removal Cases:  An Immigration Gideon?, 122 Yale Law Journal (forthcoming, 2013 symposium on the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright) 

Johson, Kevin. Anatomy of a Modern Day Lynching:  The Relationship Between Hate Crimes Against Latina/os and the Debate Over Immigration Reform (co-authored), 91 North Carolina Law Review (2013) (symposium) (co-authored)

Johnson, Kevin. Judicial Remands of Immigration Cases:  Lessons in Administrative Discretion from INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca, 44 Arizona State Law Journal 1041 (2013) (symposium) (co-authored)

Johson, Kevin. Immigration and Civil Rights:  Is the “New” Birmingham the Same as the “Old” Birmingham?, 21 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2013) (symposium)

Ikemoto, C. Lisa, BioPrivilege, 42 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 61 (2013).  

Ikemoto, C. Lisa, Assisted Reproductive Technology Use Among Neighbors: Commercialization Concerns in Canada and the United States, in Global Context, in Reference Re: Assisted Human Reproduction Act: Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision (Toronto University Press, pending).

Johnson, Kevin. Immigration and Civil Rights:  State and Local Efforts to Regulate Immigration, 46 Georgia Law Review 609 (2012) (symposium)

Johnson, Kevin. A Case Study of Color-Blindness:  The Racially Disparate Impacts of Arizona’s S.B. 1070 and the Failure of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, 2 U.C. Irvine Law Review 313 (2012) (symposium), also published in adapted version in Law Journal for Social Justice at Arizona State University, Vol 1, 2011, available at

Johnson, Kevin. Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border (University of Arizona Press, 2011) (with Bernard Trujillo) (Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards – Best Reference Book)

Johnson, Kevin. Importing Poverty? Immigration and Changing the Face of Rural America

Philip Martin (Affiliate in Agricultural and Resource Economics)

Suad Joseph, Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies of Anthropology, is the author of "Anthropology of the Future: Arab Youth and the State of the State" in Anthropology of the Middle East. Sherine Hafez & Susan Slyomovics Eds. Indiana U. Press, 2012

Sunder, Madhavi, An Issue of Life or Death (May 16, 2012). Yale University Press 2012; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 297. 

Sunder, Madhavi, Introduction: Culture and Freedom (May 16, 2012). M. Sunder, From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice, Yale University Press, 2012; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 296. 

Chander, Anupam, Facebookistan (May 16, 2012). North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 90, p. 1807, 2012; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 295. 

Saucedo, Leticia M. and Mootz, Francis Joseph, The 'Ethical' Surplus of the War on Illegal Immigration (April 19, 2012). Iowa Journal on Gender, Race and Justice, 2012, Forthcoming; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 291. 

Pruitt, Lisa R. and Vanegas, Marta R., CEDAW and Rural Development: Empowering Women with Law from the Top Down, Activism from the Bottom Up (January 11, 2012). Baltimore Law Review, Vol. 41, p. 263, 2012; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 284. 

Ikemoto, C. Lisa, Abortion, Contraception and the ACA: The Realignment of Women’s Health, 55 Howard L.J. 731 (2012).

Johnson, Kevin R., Sweet Home Alabama? Immigration and Civil Rights in the 'New' South (December 5, 2011). Stanford Law Review Online, Vol. 64, p. 22, 2011 ; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 282. 

Neil Larsen, professor of Comparative Literature, is the author of “Race, Periphery, Reification: Speculations on ‘Hybridity’ in Light of Glberto Freyre’s Casa-grande in Cultural Critique" (journal) number 79, University of Minnesota Press, 2011

Chin, Gabriel J., Illegal Entry as Crime, Deportation as Punishment: Immigration Status and the Criminal Process (August 19, 2011). UCLA Law Review, Vol. 58, p. 1417, 2011; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 275. 

Chander, Anupam, Jasmine Revolutions (September 6, 2011). Cornell Law Review, Vol. 97, 2012 ; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 272.

Pruitt, Lisa R., Human Rights and Development for India’s Rural Remnant: A Capabilities-Based Assessment (February 25, 2011). University of California, Davis Law Review, Vol. 44, p. 803, 2011; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 244. 

Ikemoto, C. Lisa, Infertile by Force and Federal Complicity, in Women and the Law Stories (Stephanie Wildman & Elizabeth Schneider eds. 2011).  

Ikemoto, C. Lisa, Pregnant Man?: A Conversation, with multiple authors, 22 Yale J. Law and Feminism (2010).

Ikemoto, C. Lisa, Eggs as Capital: Human Egg Procurement in the Fertility Industry and the Stem Cell Research Enterprise, 34 Signs 763 (2009). 

Ikemoto, C. Lisa, Reproductive Tourism: Equality Concerns in the Global Market for Fertility Services, XXVII Law & Inequality 277 (2009).

Ikemoto, C. Lisa, Johnson v. Calvert: Technology, Family & Commerce, in Health Law & Bioethics (Sandra H. Johnson, et al. eds. 2009).

Harris, Angela P., Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory (February 1990). Stanford Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 3, p. 518-616.