Rachel F. Moran
Civil Rights, Education, Immigrant Rights
Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Irvine
Rachel Moran is a Distinguished Professor of Law at UCI Law. Prior to her appointment, she was the Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law and Dean Emerita at UCLA Law. Before that, Prof. Moran was the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She also was a founding faculty member of UCI Law from July 2008 to June 2010.
Prof. Moran’s expertise includes educational policy-making and the law, Latino-related law and policy, race and the law, legal education and the legal profession, and torts. She has been a visiting law professor at Fordham University, Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of Miami and the University of Texas.
In 2011, she was selected by President Obama to serve on the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. Prof. Moran also has previously served as President and Executive Committee member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). In 2015, she became the inaugural Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law at the American Bar Foundation. She is a member of the American Bar Foundation and the American Law Institute, and she is a Fellow of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles. Prof. Moran has been inducted into the Chancery Club of Los Angeles and the Lincoln Club, and she was elected to the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Prof. Moran received her A.B. in psychology from Stanford University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.
Throughout her career, Prof. Moran’s work has focused on sources of inequality and sites of opportunity. Her book on “Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance” explored the role of family and private life in producing racial stratification and separation. Her extensive and ongoing research on educational access and equity evaluates how public schools shape the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable students, whether they are children of color, live in poverty, are undocumented, or speak a language other than English. Prof. Moran’s current project on “The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility” explores how law and policy will affect the mobility and opportunity of the country’s burgeoning Latino population in four key areas: immigration, education, economic participation, and civic and political engagement.