Ming Hsu Chen

Associate Professor of Law
Courtesy Appointment in Political Science
Ethnic Studies Faculty Affiliate
Director, Immigration Law and Policy Program

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 is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she is a faculty member of the law school. She directs the Immigration Law and Policy Program and holds faculty affiliations in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. Professor Chen brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of immigration, civil rights, and the administrative state. In the law school, she teaches a variety of law and social science courses including Immigration Law, Citizenship Law, Administrative Law, Legislation & Regulation, Law & Politics: Race in America, and Law & Social Change. Her research examines the role of federal regulatory agencies in promoting the integration of immigrants and racial minorities into U.S. society. She also writes about the legitimacy of executive action in immigration law.

Professor Chen sits on the Colorado Advisory Council to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Prior to joining the legal academy, Professor Chen clerked for the Honorable James R. Browning on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. She 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 degrees from the University of California Berkeley (Ph.D 2011), New York University Law School (JD 2004), and Harvard College (AB 2000).


Leveraging Social Science Expertise in Immigration Policymaking, 112 NWULR Online 281 (2018).
Sanctuary Networks and Integrative Enforcement, 75 Washington & Lee Law Review 1361 (2018).
Administrator-In-Chief: President and Executive Action in Immigration Law, 69 Administrative Law Review 347 (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).

Other Publications

Regulatory Rights: Civil Rights Agencies, Courts, and the Entrenchment of Language Rights, in The Rights Revolution Revisited: Institutional Perspectives on the Private Enforcement of Civil Rights in the U.S. (ed. Lynda Dodd, Cambridge University Press 2018).
Administrator-In-Chief in the Trump Era of Immigration Enforcement, Yale J. on Reg.: Notice & Comment (June 21, 2017, updated June 30, 2017).
Sacred Places, Civic Purposes: Should Government Help Faith-Based Charity?, (Brookings Institution Press, 2001) (ed. with E.J. Dionne).


Fall 2019 Immigration and Citizenship Law LAWS 7065-801
Fall 2019 Citizenship LAWS 8565-801
Spring 2019 Immigration and Citizenship Law LAWS 7065-801
Fall 2018 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-801
Fall 2018 Citizenship LAWS 8565-801
Fall 2017 Citizenship LAWS 8565-801
Spring 2017 Immigration and Citizenship Law LAWS 7065-001
Spring 2017 Citizenship LAWS 8565-801
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