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Francisco Valdes

Francisco Valdes
Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar
J.S.D. 1994, Stanford Law School
J.S.M. 1991, Stanford Law School
J.D. 1984, University of Florida College of Law

Telephone: 305-284-5432   |   Fax: 305-284-6506   |   Office: G364   |   E-mail:

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A. Current/Short-term Works-in-Progress (books and journals: 2013-14)

Social Justice in Plural America: From Critical Theory to Legal Action [with Steven W. Bender] (Thomson Reuter)

Law, Academy and Society: Critical Outsider Studies, U.S. Legal Culture and Transnational Justice Agendas (a comprehensive review of LatCrit specifically and outsider jurisprudence more generally)

Original Sin, Equal Protection and Judicial Review: A Critical Constitutional Cartography (a theory-doctrine review of equal jurisprudence from the antebellum era to the present)

Progresismo Juridico y Teoria Critica (a translation of selected works)

Politica Publica y Teoria Legal: Las Vistas Y Obras de LatCrit (Primer translation project)

Outward Bound: LatCritical Approaches to South-North Legal Frameworks and Hemispheric Justice Studies, 2 J. Poverty, Class & Gender ___ (forthcoming 2013)

Critical Race Action: Queer Lessons and Seven Legacies from the One and Only Professor Bell, 36 W. New Eng. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2014)

Afterword—LatCrit at Eighteen: A Review of Outsider Theory as Justice Action in Local/Global Contexts, 46 J. Marshall L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014)

Cutting Edges: Race, Sexual Orientation and Formal Equality, in Controversies in Equal Protection (Anne Oakes Richardson, ed.)

B. Current/Longer-term Works-in-Progress

Queer Legal Studies: Theory, Policy, Society (a critical reader for classrom/other uses)

Immutability, Equality and the American Constitution: Intellectual Histories and Critical Lessons (this article traces "immutability" as a legal concept under the Fourteenth Amendment to its origins, and follows its uses in constitutional cases since then)

Critical Legal Theory and Formal Legal Education: A Curricular Study (this study reviews the incorporation or absence of critical outsider works in contemporary jurisprudence courses nationwide to measure the non/incorporation of Critical Outsider Jurisprudence into formal legal education via this type of course)

Between Identities, Beyond Analogies?: A Comparative Review of Religion, Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation in Equality Jurisprudence (this article examines the differential doctrinal conceptions and juridical applications of various identity categories under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment)

C. Completed Book Projects

Crossroads, Directions and a New Critical Race Theory (Francisco Valdes, Jerome McCristal Culp, Jr., & Angela P. Harris eds. 2002)

D. Law Review and Book/Chapter Publications

Articulating Justice: Case and Cause in the Queering of U.S. Law and Society, 116 S.W. Hist. Q. 429 (2013)

Unmasking Law: Women of Color Pioneering Critical Outsider Scholarship, Harv. J.L. & Gender (2013), available at

Bringing Society to Law: A Critically Raced Accounting, book chapter in Exploring The Socio Of 'Socio-Legal' Studies (Dermot Feenan, ed.) (2013)

Critical Race Theory and Latinas/os, in Oxford Encyclopedia Of Latinos/as And Politics (Suzanne Oboler & Deena Gonzalez, eds. 2012)

Coming Up: New Foundations in LatCrit Theory, Community, and Praxis, 48 Cal. W. L. Rev. 505 (2012)

Critical Race Materialism: Theorizing Justice in the Age of Neoliberal Globalization, 43 Conn. L. Rev. 1513 (2011) [with Sumi Cho]

At and Beyond Fifteen: Mapping LatCrit Theory, Community, and Praxis, 14 Harv. Latino L. Rev 397 (2011) [with Steven W. Bender]

Making Theory Work: Queer Criticalities and the Legal Righting of Social Wrongs, 46 Harv. C.R.–C.L. L. Rev. (2011), available at

After Law, 6 Osgoode Comparative Research In Law & Political Economy Research Paper No. 45/2010 available at

Testing Democracy: Marriage Equality, Citizen-Lawmaking and Constitutional Structure, 19 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Soc. Just. 3 (2010)

Rebellious Knowledge-Production, Academic Activism, & Outsider Democracy: From Principles to Practices in LatCrit Theory, 1995 to 2008, 8 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 131 (2010)

Of State, Market and Justice: LatCritical Challenges to Theory, Praxis and Policy, 18 AM. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 3 (2009-2010)

Queering Sexual Orientation: A Call for Theory as Praxis, in Feminist And Queer Legal Theory Intimate Encounters Uncomfortable Conversations (Martha Albertson Fineman, Jack E. Johnson & Adam P. Romero eds., 2009)

Foreword—Interruptions and Intersections: Journeys to the Center of the Americas, 4 Tenn. J.L. & Pol'y 167 (2008)

Afterword—"Latinas/os" and Latina/o Legal Studies: A Critical Review of Legal Knowledge-Production Models, 4 Fla. Int'l U.L. Rev. 1 (2008) [with Margaret Montoya]

Procedure, Policy and Power: Class Actions and Social Justice in Historical and Comparative Perspective, 24 Ga. St. L. Rev. 627 (2008)

"Latinas/os" and the Politics of Knowledge Production: LatCrit Theory and Academic Activism as Social Justice Action, 83 Ind. L.J. 1197 (2008) [with Margaret Montoya]

What's The Fuss?: Originalism, Internationalism and Constitutional Law, 3 Fla. Int'l U.L. Rev. 1 (2007)

The Constitution of Terror: Big Lies, Backlash Jurisprudence and the Rule of Law, 7 Nev. L.J. 973 (2007)

Afterword—Beyond the First Decade: A Forward-Looking History of LatCrit Theory, Community and Praxis, 17 Berkeley La Raza L. Rev. 169 (2006) [with Angela Harris & Berta Hernandez]

Spain Gazing: One LatCrit's Queer View of Hispanic Essentialisms and Neocolonial Legacies, 17 Fl. J. Int'l L. 495 (2006)

Legal Reform and Social Justice: An Introduction to LatCrit Theory, Praxis and Community, 14 Griffith L. Rev. 148 (2005)

Afterword—Culture by Law: Backlash as Jurisprudence, 50 Villanova L. Rev. 1135 (2005)

Afterword—"We Are Now of the View": Backlash, Jurisprudence and the Kulturkampf to Resurrect Old Deals, 35Seton Hall L. Rev. 1401 (2005)

Foreword—City and Citizen: Community-Making as Legal Theory and Social Struggle, 52 Cleveland-Marshall L. Rev. 1 (2005)

Law and Consequence: Cuban Hopes, Human Rights, Dueling Elites, in Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (Deena J. Gonzalez & Suzanne Oboler eds. 2005)

Anomalies, Warts and All: Four Score of Liberty, Privacy and Equality, 65 Ohio St. L.J. 1341 (2004)

Recalling Race, Gender and Sexuality: OutCrit Reflections on Legal Education, Social Identities and the "Rule of Law" – A Call Toward Collective Insurrections, 5 Geo. J. Gender & L. 881 (2004)

Life as Praxis, Praxis as Life, 7 Legal Ethics117 (2004)

Subject Unrest, 55 Stan. L. Rev. 2435 (2003) [with Jerome Culp & Angela Harris]

Outsider Jurisprudence, Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice Activism: Marking the Stirrings of Critical Legal Education, 10 Asian L.J. 65 (2003)

Culture, "Kulturkampf" and Beyond: The Antidiscrimination Principle Under the Jurisprudence of Backlash, in The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society (Austin Sarat ed. 2003)

Diaspora and Deadlock, Miami and Havana: Coming to Terms with Dreams and Dogmas, 55 Fla. L. Rev. 283 (2003)

Identity Maneuvers in Law and Society: Vignettes of a Euro-American Heteropatriarchy, 71 UMKC L. Rev. 377 (2002)

Mapping the Patterns of Particularities: Queering the Geographies of Identity, 34 Antipode 974 (2002)

Barely at the Margins: Race and Ethnicity in Legal Education – A Curricular Study with LatCritical Commentary, 13 La Raza L.J. 119 (2002)

Sexualidad y Limite: Democracia o Dictadura?, in Debate Pais 2001 (Government of Chile, Ministry of Education, Division of Culture ed. 2002) (in Spanish)

Afterword—LatCrit at Five: Institutionalizing a Postsubordination Future, 78 Denver U. L. Rev. 1249 (2001) [with Elizabeth M. Iglesias]

Insisting on Critical Theory in Legal Education: Making Do While Making Waves, 12 La Raza L. J. 137 (2001)

NeoColonial Encounters in the PostPinochet Era: Spain, Latinas/os and LatCrit Theory in the Development of International Human Rights Norms, 9 U. Miami Int'l. & Comp. L. Rev. 189 (2000-2001)

Race, Ethnicity and Hispanismo in Triangular Perspective: The "Essential Latina/o" and LatCrit Theory, 48 UCLA L. Rev. 305 (2000)

Introduction—Expanding Directions, Exploding Parameters: Culture and Nation in LatCrit Coalitional Imagination, 33 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 203, 5 Mich. J. Race & L. 787 (2000) [with Elizabeth M. Iglesias]

Introduction—Piercing Webs of Power: Identity, Resistance and Hope in LatCrit Theory, Praxis and Community, 33 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 897 (2000)

Outsider Scholars, Legal Theory and OutCrit Perspectivity: Postsubordination Vision as Jurisprudential Method, 49 DePaul L. Rev. 101 (2000) (reprinted in Race and Races: Cases and Materials, Richard Delgado, Angela P. Harris, Juan Perea & Stephanie Wildman eds. 2000; reprinted in Crossroads, Directions and a New Critical Race Theory, Francisco Valdes, Jerome McCristal Culp, Jr. & Angela P. Harris eds. 2002)

Afterword—Theorizing "OutCrit" Theories: Coalitional Method and Comparative Jurisprudential Experience – RaceCrits, QueerCrits, LatCrits, 53 U. Miami L. Rev. 1265 (1999)

The LatCrit Experiment in Critical Outsider Jurisprudence: A Conceptual Overview, The LatCrit Primer & The LatCrit Website, (1999)

Solomon's Shames: Law as Might and Inequality, 23 Thurgood Marshall L. Rev. 352 (1998).

Afterword—Beyond Sexual Orientation in Queer Legal Theory: Majoritarianism, Multidimensionality and Responsibility in Social Justice Scholarship – Or, Legal Scholars as Cultural Warriors, 75 Denver U. L. Rev. 1409 (1998)

Afterword—Religion, Gender, Sexuality, Race and Class in Coalitional Theory: A Critical and Self-Critical Analysis of LatCrit Social Justice Agendas, 19 UCLA Chicano-Latino L. Rev. 503 (1998) [with Elizabeth M. Iglesias]

Notes on the Conflation of Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation: A QueerCrit and LatCrit Perspective, in The Latino/a Condition 539 (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds. 1998)

Queer Margins, Queer Ethics: A Call to Account for Race and Ethnicity in the Law, Theory and Politics of "Sexual Orientation", 48 Hastings L.J. 1193 (1997)

Foreword—Under Construction: LatCrit Consciousness, Community and Theory, 85 Cal. L. Rev. 1089 (1997)

Acts of Power, Crimes of Knowledge: Desire, Law and Justice in the Politics of Social Expression at the End of the Twentieth Century, 1 Iowa J. Gender, Race & Justice 213 (1997)

Foreword—Poised at the Cusp: LatCrit Theory, Outsider Jurisprudence and Latina/o Self-Empowerment, 2 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 1 (1997)

Foreword—Latina/o Ethnicities, Critical Race Theory and Post-Identity Politics in Postmodern Legal Discourses: From Practices to Possibilities, 9 La Raza L.J. 1 (1996)

Unpacking Hetero-Patriarchy: Tracing the Conflation of Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation to Its Origins, 8 Yale J.L. & Hum. 161 (1996)

Sex and Race in Queer Legal Culture: Ruminations on Identities and Inter-Connectivities, 5 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Women's Stud. 25 (1995) (reprinted in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge (2d ed), Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds. 2000)

Tracking and Assessing the (Non)Inclusion of Courses on Sexuality and/or Sexual Orientation in the American Law School Curriculum: Reports from the Field After a Decade of Effort, 1 Nat. J. Sex. Orient. L. 149 (1995)

Queers, Sissies, Dykes and Tomboys: Deconstructing the Conflation of "Sex," "Gender" and "Sexual Orientation" in Euro-American Law and Society, 83 Cal. L. Rev. 1 (1995)

Coming Out and Stepping Up: Queer Legal Theory & Connectivity, 1 Nat. J. Sex. Orient. L. 1 (1994)

Sexual Minorities in the Military: Charting the Constitutional Frontiers of Status and Conduct, 27 Creighton L. Rev. 381 (1994) (reprinted in Social Justice: Professionals, Communities and Law, Martha Mahoney, John O. Calmore & Stephanie Wildman eds. 2003)

Diversity and Discrimination in Our Midst: Musings on Constitutional Schizophrenia, Cultural Conflict, and "Interculturalism" at the Threshold of a Century, 5 St. Thomas L. Rev. 293 (1993)

The Status/Conduct Distinction and Sexual Orientation: Exploring a Constitutional Conundrum, 50 The Guild Practitioner 65 (1993) (lead article in Special Issue, Homophobia: A Practitioner's Arsenal for Combatting Fear of Sexual Minorities)

Chapter, Recovery of Damages in Contract, including forms of jury instructions, Florida Litigation Manual (Matthew Bender & Co. 1990)

Accountability By Contract: A Proposal to Remedy the Harm of Substandard Schooling and to Promote Equal Educational Opportunity, Fl. Bar J., May 1984

Comment, Constitutional Law: The Eighth Amendment Requires a Determination of Personal Intent for the Death Penalty to be Imposed on Non-Triggermen Felony Murderers, 35 U. Fl. L. Rev. 521 (1983)