Dean Cuison-Villazor teaches, researches and writes in the areas of immigration and citizenship law, property law, Asian Americans and the law, equal protection law and critical race theory. Her research agenda explores legal structures and systems that determine membership and sense of belonging in the United States.
Dean Cuison-Villazor's current research projects examines the extent to which states, cities, churches and non-state actors such as universities and churches provide “sanctuary” to undocumented immigrants and refugees.
She is co-editor Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy, 7th Ed. (with Stephen Legomsky, David Thronson, and Anil Kalhan) and Integrating Spaces: Property Law and Race (with Alfred Brophy and Kali Murray) (forthcoming Wolters Kluwer 2020). Previously, Dean Cuison-Villazor was Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California at Davis School of Law. She has also taught at Columbia Law School, Hofstra University Law School and Southern Methodist University School of Law.
She earned her BA from the University of Texas, her LLM from Columbia Law School, and her JD from American University.