Professor of Law, Emeritus


J.D., University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
LL.M., Harvard University
B.S., Stanford University


Constitutional Law I and II


Professor Gotanda has litigated, taught, and published deeply on discrimination and civil rights; he is one of the nation’s foremost scholars on critical race theory.

Professor Gotanda has extensive experience in the classroom and in practice. He taught at California Western, City University of New York, and Duquesne University before coming to Western State in 1986. He has also worked with the Asian Law Caucus, California Rural Legal Assistance and the California Fair Employment Commission. His litigation experience includes trials and appeals involving employment discrimination, civil rights, and constitutional law. Professor Gotanda is presently active in the Society of American Law Teachers, the Association of American Studies, the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. He was awarded the 1997 Clyde Ferguson Award by the Section on Minority Groups of the American Association of Law Schools.


  • Critical Race Theory: Key Writings That Formed The Movement, Ed. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, Gary Peller, And Kendall Thomas, 1995, The New Press. Comparative Racialization: Racial Profiling And The Case Of Wen Ho Lee, 47 UCLA Law Review 1689 (2000).
  • Citizenship Nullification: The Impossibility Of Asian American Politics In Asian American In Politics: Perspectives, Experiences, Prospects, Ed. Gordon H. Chang, 2000, Woodrow Wilson Center Press, Stanford University Press.
  • Exclusion And Inclusion: Immigration And American Orientalism, In Across The Pacific: Asian Americans And Globalization, Ed. Evelyn Hu Dehart, 1999, Temple University Press.
  • Race, Citizenship And The Search For Political Community Among “We The People,” 76 Oregon Law Review 233 (1997).
  • Tales Of Two Judges: Judge Joyce Karlin And Judge Lance Ito, In The House That Race Built: Black Americans, U.S. Terrain, Ed. Wahneema Lubiano, 1997, Random House.
  • Chen The Chosen: Reflections On Unloving, 81 Iowa Law Review 1585 (1996).
  • Legal Implications Of Proposition 209 – The California Civil Rights Initiative, 24 Western State Univ. Law Review 1 (1996) (With Jamila Bayati, Susan Berkman, Cherisse Lanier, Heather McMillan, Sharon Tate And Janeen Carlberg Yoshida).
  • Failure Of The Color-Blind Vision: Race, Ethnicity, And The California Civil Rights Initiative, 23 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 1135 (1996).
  • Multiculturalism And Racial Stratification, In Translating Cultures: The Future Of Multiculturalism, Ed. Avery Gordon And Chris Newfield, 1996, University Of Minnesota.
  • Towards Repeal Of Asian Exclusion, 1943-1950, In Asian Americans And Congress, Ed. Hyung-Chan Kim, 1996, Greenwood Press.
  • Re-Producing The Model Minority Stereotype: Judge Joyce Karlin’s Sentencing Colloquy In `People V. Soon Ja Du’, In Re-Visioning Asian American: Locating Diversity, Ed. Wendy L. Ng, Soo-Young Chin, James S. Moy, Gary Y. Okihiro, Washington State University, 1995.
  • Critical Legal Studies, Critical Race Theory And Asian American Studies 21 Amerasia Journal 127 (1995).
  • The Assertion Of Asian-American Rights And The “Miss Saigon Syndrome,” In Asian Americans And The Supreme Court, Ed. Hyung-Chan Kim, 1992, Greenwood Press.
  • A Critique Of “Our Constitution Is Color-Blind,” 44 Stanford Law Review 1 (1991).
  • Book Review, 16 W. St. U. L. Rev. 327 (1988) Reviewing H. Schwartz, Packing The Courts.
  • Book Review, 15 W. St. U. L. Rev. 861 (1988) Reviewing D. Bell, And We Are Not Saved.
  • Book Review, 15 W. St. U. L. Rev. 373 (1987) Reviewing B. Wattenberg, The Birth Dearth.
  • Citizenship And Other Non-Whites: The Search For Community Among We The People, Accepted 1987, Black Law Journal, (Published In 1997).
  • Other Non-Whites In American Legal History: A Review Of “Justice At War,” 85 Columbia Law Review 1186 (1985).
  • Origins Of Racial Categorization In Colonial Virginia 1619-1705, (Unpublished Ll.M. Thesis) Harvard Law School (1980).