Kunal Parker

Professor of Law & Dean's Distinguished Scholar

Ph.D. 2007, Princeton University
M.A. 2003, Princeton University
J.D. 1994, Harvard Law School
B.A. 1990, Harvard University

Phone: (305)284-9788
Office: G384

Kunal Parker is a Professor and Dean's Distinguished Scholar with a PhD in History from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Kunal Parker has recently completed Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015).  His first book, Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790 - 1900: Legal Thought Before Modernism was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. 

Professor Parker's teaching areas and interests include American Legal History, Estates and Trusts, Immigration and Nationality Law, and Property.

 Publications

Everything Is Contingent: A Comment on Bob Gordon's Taming the Past, 70 Stan. L. Rev. 1653 (2018).

The Transformation of The Common Law: Modernism, History, and the Turn To Process, Oxford Handbook of Legal History, with Markus Dubber, Christopher Tomlins, (2018).

Writing Legal History Then and Now: A Brief Reflection, 56 Am. J. Legal Hist. 168 (2016).

Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, Cambridge University Press, 1600-2000 (2015).

How Law Should Avoid Mistakes: Alexander Bickel’s Modernist Jurisprudence of Mood in Austin Sarat, LAW’S MISTAKES University of Massachusetts Press (2015).

 Media Appearances

Professor Kunal Parker discusses immigration enforcement on CCTV NEWS, the English language news channel of China Central Television (CCTV). 2015

 Presentations & Awards

Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600 – 2000 (September , 2016)

Immigrants and Other Foreigners in American History at “Congress and a Nation of Immigrants, 1790 – 1990 (May , 2016)

“How Did We Get Here? The Historical Roots of the U.S. Immigration Debate,” (March , 2016)

Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600 – 2000 (November , 2015)

Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000 (March , 2015)

Thinking Property in the United States (March , 2015)

The 50th Anniversary of the Hart-Celler Act (January , 2015)

Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000 (February , 2015)

Immigrants and Other Foreigners in American History (November , 2014)

Immigrants and Other Foreigners in American History (December , 2014)

Phone: (305)284-9788
Office: G384
Faculty Assistant

Gonzalez, Ana

Phone: (305) 284-2052
Office: G387