Professor Aldana Joins the Council on Foreign Relations

Professor Raquel Aldana has been selected as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is, according to its website, “an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

The institution's more than 5,000 members include former United States Secretary of State James A. Baker III,  journalist Katie Couric, California Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Raquel E. Aldana joined UC Davis in 2017 to serve as the inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity with a law faculty appointment. She returned to full time law teaching in 2020. Aldana’s research has focused on transitional justice, criminal justice reforms and sustainable development in Latin America, as well as immigrant rights. Before UC Davis, Aldana was a professor of law at McGeorge School of Law, and the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada. She served as associate dean for faculty scholarship at McGeorge from 2013-17. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and Harvard Law School.

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