Rose Cuison Villazor

Rose Cuison Villazor


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Professor 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.

Professor 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 also working on two book projects: one on Asian Pacific Americans and the Law (forthcoming at NYU Press) and the other on Property Law and Race (forthcoming at Carolina Academic Press). Previously, Professor Rose Cuison Villazor was a Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California at Davis School of Law. 


BA from the University of Texas

LLM from Columbia Law School

JD from American University.


Professor Rose Cuison Villazor is an expert in immigration, citizenship, property law and race and the law. She is a nationally-regarded scholar with an active record in social justice issues and is the founder of the Rutgers Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice.