Ming Hsu Chen

Associate Professor
Courtesy Appointment in Political Science
Ethnic Studies Faculty Affiliate

Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Office 452
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 452
Phone: (303) 492-8398
E-mail: ming.h.chen@colorado.edu

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Educational Background:
Ph.D   University of California, Berkeley   2011  
J.D.   New York University School of Law   2004  
A.B.   Harvard University   2000  

Ming Hsu Chen joined the Colorado Law faculty as an Associate Professor in 2011. Professor Chen's research and teaching concern public law, immigration and citizenship, race, and empirical legal studies. Her current research examines regulatory responses to undocumented immigration. She is writing a book about the significance of the federal government in immigrant integration and cooperative federalism. She has previously written or published articles on the political incorporation of Asian Americans and minority vote dilution, the post-9/11 treatment of Muslim Americans, asylum adjudication, and the role of faith in public life. She has also given public lectures on contemporary developments in immigration law and race.

From 2010-2011, Professor Chen served as a Visiting Scholar at George Washington Law School and a Graduate Fellow at the University of California's Washington Center. Prior to entering legal academia, Ming clerked for the US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. She has also worked for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, and the Brookings Institution. She earned a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California Berkeley, a JD at New York University Law School, and an AB from Harvard College (magna cum laude with highest honors in Social Studies).


Administrator-In-Chief, 69 Administrative Law Review (forthcoming 2017).
Beyond Legality: The Legitimacy of Executive Action in Immigration Law, 66 Syracuse L. Rev. 87 (2015-2016).
Trust in Immigration Enforcement: State Noncooperation and Sanctuary Cities After Secure Communities, 91 Chicago Kent Law Review 13 (2015).
Immigration and Cooperative Federalism: Toward a Doctrinal Framework, 85 U. Colorado L. Rev. 1087 (2014).
Governing by Guidance: Civil Rights Agencies and the Emergence of Language Rights in Schools and Workplaces, 49 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 201 (2014).
Language Rights as a Legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 67 SMU L Rev 247 (2014).
Reimagining Democratic Inclusion: Asian Americans and the Voting Rights Act (with Taeku Lee), 3 UC Irvine L. Rev. 227 (2013).
Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit: Immigrant Incorporation in Federal Workplace Agencies, 33 Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law 359 (2012-2013).
Alienated: A Reworking of the Racialization Thesis After September 11, 18 Am. U. J. Gender, Soc. Pol'y & L. 411 (2010).
Deciding Asylum Claims: Preliminary Results, 12 Geo. Pub. Pol'y Rev. 29 (2006).
Two Wrongs Make a Right: Hybrid Claims of Discrimination, 79 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 685 (2004).

Books Edited

Chen (ed. with E.J. Dionne), Sacred Places, Civic Purposes: Should Government Help Faith-Based Charity?, (Brookings Institution Press, 2001).


Fall 2016 Administrative Law LAWS 7205-001
Spring 2016 Immigration and Citizenship Law LAWS 7065-001
Spring 2016 Citizenship LAWS 8565-801
Fall 2015 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-803
Fall 2015 Citizenship LAWS 8565-001
Fall 2014 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-802
Fall 2014 Citizenship LAWS 8565-001
Spring 2014 Immigration Law and Immigrants' Rights LAWS 7615-001
Spring 2014 Law and Politics Colloquium: Race in America LAWS 8645-001
Fall 2013 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-802
Fall 2012 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-803
Fall 2012 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Law and Social Change LAWS 8505-001
Spring 2012 Immigration Law and Immigrants' Rights LAWS 7615-001