Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
LL.M. 2008, University of Wisconsin Law School
J.D. 2004, Georgetown University Law Center
B.A. 2001, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Osamudia James received a B.A cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, a J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2004, and an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as a William H. Hastie Fellow from 2006 to 2008. Previously, she was an associate with King & Spalding in Washington, DC.
Professor James writes and teaches in the areas of Education Law, Race and the Law, Administrative Law, and Torts. Her scholarship explores the interaction of law and identity in the context of public education, and some of her more recent work includes "White Like Me: The Diversity Rationale's Negative Impact on White Identity Formation," published in the New York University Law Review, "Opt-Out Education: School Choice as Racial Subordination," published in the Iowa Law Review, and “Valuing Identity,” published in the Minnesota Law Review. Her media commentary also focuses on identity, and has been printed in the pages of the New York Times, The Washington Post, and other outlets. Professor James is a co-recipient of the 2014 Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award, served as Vice Dean of the School of Law from 2016 to 2019, and was honored with the Miami Law Hausler Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2017.