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Chen, Ming H



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  • Ming Hsu Chen is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she is a faculty member of the law school. She directs the Immigration and Citizenship Law Program and holds faculty affiliations in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. Professor Chen brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of immigration, civil rights, and the administrative state. In the law school, she teaches a variety of law and social science courses including Immigration Law, Citizenship Law, Administrative Law, Legislation & Regulation, Law & Politics: Race in America, and Law & Social Change. Her research examines the role of federal regulatory agencies in promoting the integration of immigrants and racial minorities into U.S. society. Her book, Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era (2020), was featured in a TEDxMileHigh Talk. Professor Chen sits on the Colorado Advisory Council to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and she is co-editor of ImmigrationProf Blog.


  • public law, administrative law, constitutional law, legislation, regulation, immigration, empirical legal studies, political sociology, race, civil rights, antidiscrimination


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courses taught

  • LAWS 5205 - Legislation and Regulation
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020
    Introduces lawmaking in the modern administrative state. Examines the way Congress and administrative agencies adopt binding rules of law (statutes and regulations, respectively) and the way that implementing institutions, courts and administrative agencies, interpret and apply these laws. Considers the structure of the modern administrative state, the incentives that influence the behavior of the various actors, and the legal rules that help to structure the relationships among Congress, the agencies and the courts.
  • LAWS 7065 - Immigration and Citizenship Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
    Covers legal issues pertaining to noncitizens of the United States, especially their right to enter and remain as immigrants and nonimmigrants. Topics include admission and exclusion, deportation, and refugees and political asylum. Approaches topics from various perspectives, including constitutional law, statutory interpretation, planning, ethics, history and policy.
  • LAWS 7205 - Administrative Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Covers practices and procedures of administrative agencies and limitations thereon, including the Federal Administrative Procedure Act, and the relationship between courts and agencies.
  • LAWS 8565 - Citizenship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    The concept of citizenship connects immigration with studies of race, international human rights, gender, criminality and many others. It has been receiving growing attention in many scholarly disciplines. Examines the notion of citizenship in recent scholarship spanning law, political science, sociology and history.


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