March 4, 2014 -- Professor Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager professor of law, has been selected to receive UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award. The award represents the highest attainment of academic and professional excellence at UCLA and honors individuals who bring respect and admiration to the scholarship of teaching. Only six such awards are made each year.
Professor Motomura is an influential scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship law. He is a co-author of two immigration-related casebooks, and he has published many significant articles and essays on immigration and citizenship. His book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States, published in 2006, won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers. A companion volume, Immigration Outside the Law, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014.
Prior to joining the UCLA Law faculty in 2007, Professor Motomura was Kenan distinguished professor of law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and before that Nicholas Doman professor of international law at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 1997, Professor Motomura was named President’s Teaching Scholar, which is the highest teaching distinction at the University of Colorado. He has won several other teaching awards, including the Chris K. Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award by the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty and the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was recently named one of only 26 “best law teachers” in the United States in the book What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013).