Interim Dean, Professor of Law and Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar
Rose Cuison-Villazor
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Rose Cuison-Villazor is Interim Dean, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey.  Between 2019 and 2021, she served as Vice Dean. She is also Director of the Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Social Justice.

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Dean Cuison-Villazor teaches and writes in the areas of immigration and citizenship law, property law, critical race theory, Asian Americans and the law, and equal protection law.  Dean Cuison-Villazor’s scholarship has appeared in top law journals in the country, including California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, Minnesota Law Review, New York University Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and University of California Davis Law Review.    

She earned her LLM from Columbia Law School, JD from American University and BA from the University of Texas.



Dean Cuison-Villazor's published or soon-to-be-published law review articles include, "Rejecting Citizenship," in the Michigan Law Review (2022), "Anti-Sanctuary and Immigration Localism," in the Columbia Law Review (2019), “Sanctuary Networks,” in the Minnessota Law Review (2018), Problematizing the Protection of Culture in the Insular Cases, in the Harvard Law Review Forum (2018), “American Nationals and Interstitial Citizenship,” in the Fordham Law Review (2017), “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 Review, University of California at Davis Law Review, Southern Methodist University Law Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review and other journals.  She has previously taught at Hofstra Law School and SMU Law School and has served as a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School and UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for the Study of Law and Society. 

Her books include IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE LAW AND POLICY (8th Ed.) (with Stephen Legomsky, Anil Kalhan and David Thronson) (forthcoming 2021); PROPERTY AND IDENTITY with Al Brophy and Kali Murray) (forthcoming 2021); RACE AND RACES, CASES AND RESOURCES FOR A DIVERSE AMERICA (3rd Ed.) (with Juan Perea, Richard Delgado, and Osamudia James) (forthcoming 2022); THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT OF 1965: LEGISLATING A NEW AMERICA (with Gabriel “Jack” Chin) (Cambridge University Press) 2015) and LOVING V. VIRGINIA IN A POST-RACIAL WORLD: RETHINKING RACE, SEX, AND MARRIAGE (with Kevin Maillard) (Cambridge University Press 2012).

Courses Taught
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Constitutional Law
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Immigration Law
  • Land Use
  • Legal History
  • Property