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Angela P. Harris is a legal scholar in the fields of critical race theory, feminist legal scholarship, and criminal law. She has taught these subjects at UC Berkeley School of Law since joining the faculty there in 1988.



Harris earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1981, and her M.A. (1983) and J.D. (1986) from the University of Chicago. She clerked for Judge Joel Flaum of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and worked as an attorney for the law firm of Morrison and Foerster.[1] She was tenured at Berkeley in 1992[2]


Harris has won the Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction (2003; established 1995),[3] and the 2003 Matthew O. Tobriner Public Service Award, a San Francisco Bay Area award, for commitment to academic diversity and legal mentoring. In 2008, Harris won the Clyde Ferguson Award from the American Association of Law Schools Minority Section.

Significant publications

  • "Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory", 42 Stanford Law Review 581 (1990)
  • "Embracing the Tar-Baby: LatCrit Theory and the Sticky Mess of Race", 85 California Law Review 1585 (1997) (with Leslie Espinoza)
  • Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentary (with Katherine Bartlett, 1998)
  • Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (with Juan Perea, Richard Delgado and Stephanie Wildman, 2000) (law casebook)
  • Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (with Cynthia Lee, 2005) (criminal law casebook)


  1. ^ UC Berkeley Faculty Profile
  2. ^ Andrea Guerrero, Silence at Boalt Hall: The Dismantling of Affirmative Action, p.177[1]
  3. ^ UC Berkeley 2003 news


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