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News Posted on June 29, 2018

Professor Afsharipour named new Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Afra Afsharipour has been named Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UC Davis School of Law. She will assume her new post July 1.

A Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar, Afsharipour joined the King Hall community in 2007. Her areas of research include comparative corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and transactional law. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous law reviews, including the Columbia Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review and the UC Davis Law Review.

In early 2018, she received the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Business Associations Outstanding Mentor Award.

“Professor Afsharipour has all the ingredients to be an excellent leader of UC Davis School of Law,” Dean Kevin R. Johnson said. “Her commitment to scholarship, teaching, service, and the King Hall community is unsurpassed. We all are extremely fortunate that Professor Afsharipour agreed to serve.”

Afsharipour looks forward to helping steer “a very special school,” she said. “What an honor to get the opportunity to do this. There is a real sense of community here. Being able to help lead a place with that kind of feeling is very appealing.”

She commended King Hall’s faculty. “They are so impressive,” she said. “They are productive and they are smart and hard-working, and they care about their students. … And then we have such an amazing array of students!”

Afsharipour arrived in the United States from Iran at the age of 10, after her family fled their home country “for political and other reasons,” she said. That she has reached the level of Senior Associate Dean speaks to King Hall’s commitment to its mission of equal access to justice – and opportunity – for all, she said.

“It is not that often that you get to come to another country, and be an immigrant in another country, and be able to get this kind of opportunity,” Afsharipour said. “In many ways, I think that King Hall embodies the best of what’s in America – the fact that we have an incredibly diverse faculty and a diverse student body, and support all of those people in becoming the best of what they want to be.”

Before King Hall, Afsharipour was an attorney with the corporate department of Davis Polk & Wardwell in both New York City and Menlo Park. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Afsharipour received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and served as an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a submissions editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Cornell University.