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UCLA Institute of American Cultures

Title: Professor
Department: Asian American Studies
Email: vbascara@ucla.edu

Current Project(s):

  • At UCLA, I recently completed working with the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto de Derechos Civiles which occured in the fall of 2018. The presentation showcased the impact of heightened enforcement policies on the educational experiences of children across the country but with a special focus on the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • I am currently working on a symposium paper that will reflect on Regents of the University of California v. Bakke and its legacy on the fortieth anniversary of the case. The decision has been understood almost entirely in terms of its implications for equality jurisprudence, but I will be highlighting the First Amendment interest in educational autonomy and previously unappreciated links to the push for corporate speech rights.
  • I am co-directing a national research initiative on "The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility" with Robert L. Nelson at the American Bar Foundation. We have hosted regional roundtables on these issues at Northwestern University and Yale University, and we held a summit on creating a Network for Justice (designed to improve access to justice for Latinos through coordination among public interest firms, community organizations, law school clinics, and public policy schools) at UCLA. We have a website that describes our work to date. In addition, I am doing work on an article that will explore the litigation surrounding the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will evaluate the events leading up to the litigation, the roots of the conflict in prior decisions on equality and liberty interests, and the impact on popular constitutionalism.

Available Publications/Books:

  • Rachel F. Moran, Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance (University of Chicago 2001)
  • Rachel F. Moran (with Devon W. Carbado), Race Law Stories (Foundation Press 2008)

Tagged With: Law, Immigration, Public Policy, Diversity