The Aoki Center primarily serves to connect faculty who conduct critical scholarship on issues involving race, immigration and nation with one another and with interested students. In order to do so, the Aoki Center sponsors programs at King Hall and throughout the UC Davis campus. The titles below offer a sampling of the faculty research that highlights the work that King Hall professors are doing in race, immigration and nation studies. 

Kevin R. Johnson

Kevin R. Johnson, Systemic Racism in the U.S. Immigration Laws, 97 Indiana Law Journal 1455 (2022)

Kevin R. Johnson, How Racial Profiling in America Became the Law of the Land: United States v. Brignoni-Ponce and Whren v. United States and the Need for Truly Rebellious Lawyering, 98 Georgetown Law Journal, 1005 (2010)

Raquel E. Aldana

Raquel E. Aldana Taming Immigration Trauma (July 19, 2022). Cardozo L. Rev. (Winter 2022). , Available at SSRN:

Raquel E. Aldana and Koga, Patrick Marius and O’Donnell, Thomas and Skwara, Alea and Perris, Caroline, Trauma as Inclusion (April 5, 2022). Summer 2022 (89:4) Tennessee Law Review , Available at SSRN:  or 

Andrea Cann Chandrasehker

Andrea Cann Chandrasehker, The Effect of Police Slowdowns on Crime, 18 Am. L. & Econ. Rev. 385 (2016).

Gabriel J. Chin

Gabriel J. Chin, Dred Scott and Asian Americans, 25 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 633 (2022).                   

Gabriel J. Chin, The War Against Chinese Restaurants, 67 Duke Law Journal 681 (2018) (co-author with John Ormonde), excerpted in 40 Regulation: The Cato Review of Business and Government No. 2, 32 (Summer 2017), featured in Joanna Grisinger, Restaurants and Regulation, JOTWELL (Nov. 7, 2018) and Cary C. Franklin, Acts of Exclusion, JOTWELL (Nov. 21, 2018)   

Mary Louise Frampton

Mary Louise Frampton “The Law’s Failures: Common Threads of Racial Injustice from Tulsa to Greensboro to the Present, 57 TULSA LAW REVIEW 141 (2021);  “Finding Common Ground in Restorative Justice: Transforming Our Juvenile Justice System, 22 UC DAVIS JOURNAL OF JUVENILE LAW AND POLICY 102 (2018)

Angela P. Harris

Angela P. Harris  "Barlow v. Collins," in CRITICAL RACE JUDGMENTS: REWRITTEN U.S. COURT OPINIONS ON RACE AND LAW (co-edited with Devon Carbado, Robin Lenhardt, and Angela Onwuachi-Willig)(Cambridge University Press, 2022)

Angela P. Harris "The Civil Rights of Health: A New Approach to Challenging Structural Inequality," by Angela P. Harris and Aysha Pamukcu, 67 UCLA L.Rev. 758 (2020)

Lisa Ikemoto

Lisa Ikemoto, Eggs, Nests, and Stem Cells in Baby Markets: Money and the New Politics of Creating Families (Michelle Bratcher Goodwin ed., 2010).

Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe

Irene Oritsweyinmi Joe, Regulating Mass Prosecution, 53 UC Davis L. Rev. 1175 (2020) ((selected for 11th Annual Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility (Honorable Mention))

Irene Oritsweyinmi Joe, Structuring the Public Defender, 106 Iowa L. Rev. 113 (2020) (selected for Michigan Young Scholars Conference)

Thomas W. Joo

Thomas W. Joo, Natural Is Not in It: Disaster, race, and Built Environment, 56 Clev. St. L. Rev. 403 (2008).

Courtney G. Joslin

Courtney G. Joslin, How Parenthood Functions, __ Columbia Law Review __ (forthcoming 2023) (with Douglas NeJaime)

Courtney G. Joslin, (Not) Just Surrogacy, 109 California Law Review 401 (2021)

Lisa R. Pruitt

Lisa R. Pruitt, Welfare Queens and White Trash, 25 Southern Cal. Interdisc. L. J. 289 (2016).

Leticia Saucedo

Leticia Saucedo, Enforcement Versus Employment Enforcement: The Case for Integrated Protections in the Immigrant Workplace, 38 Fordham Urb. L. J. 101 (2011).