Rachel Moran

Rachel Moran

Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor, Law


School of Law

Areas of Expertise:

Civil RIghts, Education, Immigration/Immigrant Rights



Rachel F. Moran was the inaugural William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law and the Co-Director of “The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility” with Robert L. Nelson. Moran is also Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Moran was appointed dean of UCLA Law School in 2010. Prior to her tenure at UCLA, Professor Moran was the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. From July 2008 to June 2010, Moran served as a founding faculty member of the UC Irvine Law School. Moran received her A.B. in Psychology with Honors and with Distinction from Stanford University in 1978, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. She obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981, where she was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Some of her recent scholarship includes: Educational Policy and the Law (with Mark G. Yudof, Betsy Levin, James E. Ryan and Kristi L. Bowman) (5th ed. Cengage 2012); Race Law Stories (with Devon Carbado, Foundation Press, 2008); Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance (University of Chicago Press, 2001); “A New Twist on the One Best System: Structured English Immersion Initiatives, Equal Opportunity, and Freedom to Learn,” in The Miseducation of English Learners: A Tale of Three States and Lessons to be Learned (edited by Grace P. McField, Information Age Publishing, 2014); “Youth Civic Development and Education: A Consensus Report on a Conference,” (co-authored),” Stanford Center on Adolescence (2013); and “What Counts as Knowledge?: A Reflection on Race, Social Science, and the Law,” 44 Law and Society Review 515 (2010).

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