Rose Cuison Villazor


Position Title

School of Law

1112 King Hall

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor is Professor of Law at the University of California at Davis School of Law. She will be on sabbatical during the Spring 2014. At that time, she will be a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society.

Professor Villazor teaches and writes in the areas of property law, immigration law, race, and citizenship. Her scholarship includes, “The Undocumented Closet,” in the North Carolina Law Review (2013), “The Other Loving: Uncovering the Federal Regulation of Interracial Marriages,” in the New York University Law Review (2011), “Rediscovering Oyama v. California: At the Intersection of Property, Race and Citizenship,” in the Washington University Law Review (2010), and "Blood Quantum Land Laws: The Race versus Political Identity Dilemma," in the California Law Review (2008). She has also been published in the Southern California Law ReviewUniversity of California at Davis Law Review, Southern Methodist University Law Review, Wayne State Law Review and other journals.

She is co-editor of “Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage,” which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. She is also co-editor of a forthcoming book, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Law, with Neil Gotanda and Robert Chang, which will be published by New York University Press in 2014. She is also co-editor with Gabriel “Jack” Chin of a forthcoming book, Legislating a New America, which focuses on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act and will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

Professor Villazor received the 2011 Derrick A. Bell Award, which is given by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Minority Section to a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice.

Professor Villazor obtained an LL.M from Columbia Law School in 2006 and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 2000. While in law school, she served as Notes and Comment Editor of the American University Law Review. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Associate Judge Stephen H. Glickman on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She then received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest from 2001 to 2004. She served as a Human Rights Fellow at Columbia Law School from 2004 until 2006 where she focused on the domestic application of international human rights. While pursuing her LL.M at Columbia, she was selected as a LatCrit Student Scholar.

Prior to teaching at UC Davis School of Law, Professor Villazor taught at Columbia Law School, Hofstra University School of Law, and Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law.