September 21, 2011 – UCLA School of Law Professor Laura E. Gómez has been named one of the top 100 Influentials by Hispanic Business magazine for her work and leadership in promoting the advancement of Hispanics in the United States. She was named as one of eight Academic Influentials.
Professor Gómez, who rejoined the UCLA Law faculty in 2011, teaches in the areas of race and the law, law and society, constitutional law, civil procedure and criminal law. She served as professor of law and American studies at the University of New Mexico from 2005-10. Before joining the UNM faculty, she spent 12 years as professor of law at UCLA Law (where she also was appointed in the Sociology Department). She was a co-founder and the first co-director (with Professor Jerry Kang) of UCLA’s Critical Race Studies Program.
She has lectured widely and has published numerous articles, book chapters and op-ed commentaries, as well as two books. Her scholarship has focused on the intersection of law, politics and social stratification in both contemporary and historical contexts. In her 2007 book, Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race, Professor Gómez examines how law and racial ideology intersected to create new racial groups and to re-structure the turn-of-the-twentieth century racial order in the U.S. In several new projects with sociologist Nancy López, she explores the legacy of that racial order for the contemporary study of “race” by scholars in the social, biological and health sciences.
To view Hispanic Business magazine’s list of Influentials, please click here.