Kristina Campbell

Kristina Campbell
Professor of Law

Professor Kristina M. Campbell is Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Professor Campbell teaches Constitutional Law I, Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Immigration Law Seminar, and Service Learning. Professor Campbell was the Founding Director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic from 2010-2017, and the Co-Director from 2017-2020.

Professor Campbell received tenure and was promoted to full professor in 2015. Prior to joining the UDC faculty in 2010, Professor Campbell was a Visiting Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she taught courses in Immigration Law, Immigration Reform and Policy, and Employment Discrimination.

Professor Campbell is a career public interest attorney, specializing in civil litigation on behalf of immigrants and low-wage workers. Professor Campbell began her career in 2002 as a Staff Attorney with the statewide farmworker program of the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in 2004 she joined the statewide farmworker program at Community Legal Services in Phoenix, Arizona as a Staff Attorney. From 2006 to 2009, Professor Campbell was a Staff Attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Los Angeles, California, where she engaged in impact immigrants’ rights litigation in Arizona and California.

Professor Campbell’s litigation, teaching, and research interests are concerned with the rights and regulations of non-citizens in the United States at both the federal and sub-federal level. More specifically, her research agenda seeks to contribute to the scholarly literature at the intersection of immigration, civil rights, and race and the law by critiquing and analyzing the various laws impacting non-citizens and the potentially discriminatory motivations behind such laws. A sub-focus of Professor Campbell’s research agenda has been on the development of immigration law and policy in Arizona and the American Southwest.

In Summer 2017, Professor Campbell was selected through a nationwide competition to be one of 16 humanities scholars to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar “Bridging National Borders in North America” at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, in Spring 2020, Professor Campbell was a Visiting Professor on the Faculty of Law at the University of Trento in Treno, Italy, where she lectured in the Comparative, European, and International Legal Studies course.

Professor Campbell has been invited to speak across the United States, Mexico, Italy, Brazil, and Spain on the subject of immigrants’ rights. Professor Campbell received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College (Indiana) cum laude and her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Professor Campbell is proficient in Spanish and is a member of the Virginia State Bar (inactive), the State Bar of Arizona (inactive), and the State Bar of California.


DACAmentados: Destinos Pospuestos, Aplazados, y Destruidos?, Anuario Coruñes de Derecho Comparado del Trabajo, VOL. XI-XII (2019-2020) (in Spanish)

Sanctuary, Temporary Protected Status, and Catholic Social Teaching, 96 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. (2018)

Dreamers Deferred: The Broken Promise of Immigration Reform in the Obama Years, Tex. Hisp. J.L. & Pol’y (2018) (reprinted in 40 Immigr. & Nat’lity L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021))

La Protección de Los Inmigrantes Irregulares en los Estados Unidos y la Libertad de Circulación en una “Unión Americana”, Anuario da Facultade de Ciencias do Traballo, Universidad de A Coruña, España, (2018) (in Spanish)

Operation Sojourner: The Government Infiltration of the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s and its Legacy on the Modern Central American Refugee Crisis, 13 U. St. Thomas L.J. 424 (Fall 2017)

The “New Selma” and the Old Selma: Arizona, Alabama, and the Immigration Civil Rights Movement in the Twenty-First Century, 35 Journal of American Ethnic History, No. 3 (Spring 2016)

A Dry Hate: White Supremacy and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric in the Humanitarian Crisis on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 117 W. Va. L. Rev. 1081 (2015)

Rising Arizona: The Legacy of the Jim Crow Southwest on Immigration Law and Policy After 100 Years of Statehood, 24 Berkeley La Raza L. J. 1 (2014)

(Un) Reasonable Suspicion: Racial Profiling in Immigration Enforcement After Arizona v. United States, 3 Wake Forest J. L. & Pol’y 367 (2013) (invited article)

Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime? The Politics of Immigration Enforcement and the Provision of Sanctuary, 63 Syracuse L. Rev. 71 (2012)

The Road to SB 1070: How Arizona Became Ground Zero for the Immigrants’ Rights Movement and the Continuing Struggle for Latino Civil Rights in America, 14 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 1 (2011)

The High Cost of Free Speech: Anti-Solicitation Ordinances, Day Laborers, and the Impact of ‘Backdoor’ Local Immigration Regulations, 25 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 1 (2010)

Imagining a More Humane Immigration Policy in the Age of Obama: The Use of Plenary Power to Halt the State Balkanization of Immigration Regulation, 29 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 415 (2010)

Anti-Immigrant Ordinances: A Legal, Policy, and Litigation Analysis, 84 Den. U.L.R. 1041 (2007)

Note, Blurring the Lines of the Danger Zone: The Impact of Kendra’s Law on the Rights of the Nonviolent Mentally Ill, 16 Notre Dame J.L., Ethics & Pub. Policy 173 (2002)


The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Abduction of Refugee Children on the U.S.-Mexico Border, Peace Policy, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame (forthcoming Spring 2021)

Commentary on United States v. Arizona, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Immigration Law Opinions (edited volume) (forthcoming 2021)

Protecting Youth: The Deconstruction of Youth as a “Particular Social Group” in Contemporary Asylum Law, in The West Virginia University Press Gender, Feminism, and Geography series (book chapter) (forthcoming 2021)