Faculty Profiles

Laura Gómez

Laura E. Gómez

Professor of Law
B.A. Harvard College, 1986
M.A. Stanford University, 1988
J.D. Stanford Law School, 1992
Ph.D. Stanford University, 1994


A New Color Line: Latinos and the Future of Race. The New Press (forthcoming).
Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race. 2nd ed. New York University Press (2018).
Mapping “Race”: Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (edited by Laura E. Gomez & Nancy Lopez). Rutgers University Press (2013).
Misconceiving Mothers: Legislators, Prosecutors and the Politics of Prenatal Drug Exposure. Temple University Press (1997).

Articles and Chapters

Use Your Personal Lie Detector to Judge Kavanaugh, 26 UCLA Women's Law Journal 29 (2019). Full Text
La Colonización Estadounidense del Norte de México y la Creación de los Mexicano-Estadounidenses, 36 Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review 189 (2019).
Connecting Critical Race Theory with Second Generation Legal Consciousness Work in Obasogie's Blinded by Sight, 41 Law & Social Inquiry 1069 (2016).
Taking the Social Construction of Race Seriously in Health Disparities Research, in Mapping “Race”: Critical Approaches to Health Disparities (edited by Laura Gómez & Nancy Lopez, Rutgers University Press, 2013).
Looking for Race in all the Wrong Places, 46 Law & Society Review 221-45 (2012).
Understanding Law and Race as Mutually Constitutive: An Invitation to Explore an Emerging Field, 6 Annual Review of Law and Social Science 487-505 (2010). Abstract
Review of White But Not Equal: Mexican Americans, Jury Discrimination, and the Supreme Court by Ignacio M. Garcia, 85 New Mexico Historical Review 452 (2010).
What's Race Got To Do With It? Press Coverage of the Latino Electorate in the 2008 Presidential Primary Season, 24 St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary 425-59 (2009). Symposium Volume: Making History: Race, Gender and the Media in the 2008 Presidential Election. Full Text
Opposite One-Drop Rules: Mexican Americans, African Americans and the Need to Re-conceive Turn-of-the-20th-Century Race Relations, in How the United States Racializes Latinos: White Hegemony and Its Consequences (edited by Jose A. Cobas, Jorge Duany, and Joe R. Feagin, Paradigm Publishers, 2009).
Off-White in an Age of White Supremacy: Mexican Elites and the Rights of Indians and Blacks in Nineteenth-Century New Mexico, UCLA Chicano-Latino Law Review 9-59 (2005). (Symposium Volume: Hernandez v. Texas at 50.) Reprinted in “Colored Men and Hombres Acqui”—Hernandez v. Texas and the Emergence of Mexican American Lawyering (edited by Michael A. Olivas, Arte Publico Press, 2006).
A Tale of Two Genres: On the Real and Ideal Links Between Law and Society and Critical Race Theory, in Blackwell Companion to Law and Society (edited by Austin Sarat, Wiley-Blackwell, 2004).
Book Review, 32(6) Contemporary Sociology 689-690 (2003). Review of Crossroads, Directions, and a New Critical Race Theory (edited by Francisco Valdes, Jerome McCristal Culp and Angela P. Harris, Temple University Press, 2002).
Race Mattered: Racial Formation and the Politics of Crime in Territorial New Mexico, 49 UCLA Law Review 1395-1416 (2002).
Race, Colonialism and Criminal Law: Mexicans and the American Criminal Justice System in Territorial New Mexico, 34 Law & Society Review 1129-1202 (2000).
Constructing Latina/o Identities (Differences, Solidarity and Law: Building Latina/o Communities through the LatCrit Theory), 19 Chicano/Latino Law Review 187-91 (1998).
The Birth of the "Hispanic" Generation: Attitudes of Mexican American Political Elites Toward the "Hispanic" Label, 19(4) Latin American Perspectives 45-58 (1992). Reprinted in Latinos in the United States: History, Law and Perspective (edited by Antoinette Sedilla-Lopez. Garland Publishing, 1994).


What the "Wise Latina" Remark Meant, CNN Politics (on-line) (July 14, 2010).
Haiti in Context: Law, Race and Colonialism. Presidential Column, Law and Society Association Newsletter (March, 2010).
A Different Kind of Generation Gap. Presidential Column, Law and Society Association Newsletter (November, 2009).
Reflections on Wise Latinas, Judging and Affirmative Action. Presidential Column, Law and Society Association Newsletter (August, 2009).
Another Proud Baby of Affirmative Action, USA Today (July 12, 2009).
It’s Time to Dispel Conquistador Myth, Albuquerque Journal (July 8, 2008).
Checks and Balances Isn’t Check In, Skew Balance, Albuquerque Journal (March 29, 2007). (Commentary on elected officials’ role in U.S. Attorney firings.)
The Legacy of Affirmative Action, UCLA Today (April 11, 2006). (Commentary on Marco Firebaugh’s premature death).
Lessons from Loss of Affirmative Action, UCLA Today (Feb. 11, 2003).
Loss of UC Diversity Means Lost Opportunity for Law Students, LA Times (Sept. 24, 2000).
Processing and Managing Social Problems: The Institutionalization of Pregnant Women’s Drug Use in the California Legislature and Criminal Justice System, Stanford University, Ph.D. Dissertation (1994).
Stratification and Inequality in American Society, Doctoral Field Examination.
The Sociology of Law, Doctoral Field Examination.
Co-Editor, Beyond the Casebook: A Supplementary Reader for First Semester Stanford Law School Students, (1990).
From Barrio Boys to College Boys: Ethnic Identity, Ethnic Organizations, and the Mexican American Elite: The Cases of Ernesto Galarza and Manuel Ruiz, The Stanford Center for Chicano Research (1989). Working Paper No. 23.
Senior Honors Thesis: What in a Name? The Politics of "Hispanic" Identity, Magna Cum Laude, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard College.