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Vinay Harpalani Profile

Visiting Professor of Law

Visiting Scholar, Drake Constitutional Law Center


Areas of Expertise

Race and Law, Education Law, Constitutional Law, Diversity in Education, Ethnic Studies


JD - New York University School of Law
PhD - University of Pennsylvania
BA - University of Delaware, with honors

Professional Experience

Drake Law Professor for 2018-19
Associate Professor of Law at Savannah Law School
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Korematsu Teaching Fellow at Seattle University School of Law
Derrick Bell Fellow at New York University School of Law

Selected Publications

  • "Safe Spaces" and the Educational Benefits of Diversity, 13 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy 117 (2017).
  • Victory is Defeat: The Ironic Consequence of Justice Scalia’s Death for Fisher v. University of Texas, 164 of Penn. Law Review Online 155 (2016).
  • Narrowly Tailored but Broadly Compelling: Defending Race-Conscious Admissions After Fisher, 45 Seton Hall Law Review 761 (2015).
  • DesiCrit: Theorizing the Racial Ambiguity of South Asian Americans, 69 Y.U. Annual Survey of American Law 77 (2013).
  • Diversity Within Racial Groups and the Constitutionality of Race-Conscious Admissions, 15 of Penn. Journal of Constitutional Law 463 (2012).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Derrick A. Bell Jr. Award, AALS Section on Minority Groups
  • Society of American Law Teachers Junior Faculty Teaching Award
  • Of counsel to Amici Curiae Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality et al. in People v. Bridgeforth (New York case on skin color discrimination)
  • Law review articles cited in 10 U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas litigation (case on affirmative action in university admissions)
  • Quoted in over 20 news articles on affirmative action and race-related topics in publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Prospect, and Business Insider.

Additional Information

Vinay Harpalani Curriculum Vitae

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