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Kendall Thomas

Nash Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Law and Culture

Kendall Thomas

Nash Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Law and Culture

Kendall Thomas is the Nash Professor of Law and co-founder and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School. His teaching and research interests include U.S. and comparative constitutional law, human rights, legal philosophy, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and law and sexuality.

His past appointments include visiting professor at Stanford Law School and visiting professor in American studies and Afro-American studies at Princeton University. Thomas has taught or lectured in France, the Netherlands, England, The Czech Republic, Germany, Haiti, and South Africa.

His writings have appeared in several academic journals and volumes of collected essays. Thomas is a co-editor of Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Founded the Movement, The New Press, 1996, and What's Left of Theory?, Routledge Press, 2000.

Thomas was an inaugural recipient of the Berlin Prize Fellowship of the American Academy in Berlin and a member of the Special Committee of the American Center in Paris.

He is the past chair of the jurisprudence and law and humanities sections of the Association of American Law Schools. Thomas is a founding member of the Majority Action Caucus of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, Sex Panic! and the AIDS Prevention Action League. He is also the former member and vice chair of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis board of directors.

Professor Thomas is currently on sabbatical for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1983
  • B.F.A., Yale College, 1978
Areas of Expertise
  • U.S. and comparative constitutional law
  • Human rights
  • Legal philosophy
  • Feminist legal theory
  • Critical race theory
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Office Hours

Spring 2018

Wednesdays 3-4pm or by appointment.

Sign-up sheet posted weekly to office door.

Constitutional Law
Introduction to American Law
Law and Neoliberalism
S. Civil Rights Lawyering in the Modern Era: Theory and Practice
S. Critical Human Rights Theory
S. Critical Race Theory Workshop