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Professor Cristina Rodriguez

Yale Law School
Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law
New Haven, CT, USA


Cristina Rodríguez is the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her research interests include constitutional law and theory; immigration law and policy; administrative law; and citizenship theory. She is currently writing a book, with Adam Cox of NYU, about how the President has used his enforcement power in immigration and beyond to shape regulatory and social policy. From 2004-2012, Rodriguez was on the faculty at NYU School of Law, and she has been or will be a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia Law Schools. From 2011-2013, she served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she advised the White House, Attorney General, and executive branch agencies on the scope of their legal authority to act. She is a non-resident fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She earned her B.A. and J.D. from Yale and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where she received a Master of Letters in Modern History. After law school, Rodríguez clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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