B.A., University of Delaware
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
J.D., New York University
Civil Procedure I & II, Constitutional Law I & II, Employment Discrimination
Vinay Harpalani is Associate Professor of Law at Savannah Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, and employment discrimination. Professor Harpalani was the recipient of the 2016-17 Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups; and the 2016 Society of American Law Teachers Junior Faculty Award. His scholarship examines race-consciousness from both constitutional and interdisciplinary perspectives. Professor Harpalani’s writings cover a variety of topics, including race-conscious university admissions, the educational benefits of diversity, racial ambiguity, South Asian American racial identity, and the “acting White” phenomenon. Three of his law review articles were cited in various U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas. His work was also cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in U.S. v. Mahbub (2016). Recently, Professor Harpalani served as Of Counsel for the amicus brief of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality in People v. Bridgeforth (2016), a New York Court of Appeals case involving skin color discrimination.
Previously, Professor Harpalani taught at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and at New York University (NYU) School of Law. He graduated from NYU School of Law in 2009, where he was an articles editor for the New York University Law Review, an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, and a Derrick A. Bell Jr. Public Service Scholar. At NYU, he won the Gary E. Moncrieffe Award for “outstanding student in Racism and Law” and received a Vanderbilt Medal for “outstanding contributions to the school of law.” Prior to law school, Professor Harpalani earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and also served as a lecturer at Penn.
Admitted to Practice
New York (2012)
U.S. Supreme Court (2016)
Victory is Defeat: The Ironic Consequence of Justice Scalia’s Death for Fisher v. University of Texas, 164 U. of Pennsylvania Law Review Online 155 (2016).
To Be White, Black, or Brown? South Asian Americans and the Race-Color Distinction, 14 Washington U. Global Studies L. Rev. (2015, Forthcoming).
The Double-Consciousness of Race-Consciousness and the Bermuda Triangle of University Admissions, 17 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 821 (2015).
Narrowly Tailored but Broadly Compelling: Defending Race-Conscious Admissions after Fisher, 45 Seton Hall L. Rev. 761 (2015), Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2014-06.
Desicrit: Theorizing the Racial Ambiguity of South Asian Americans, NYU Annual Survey of American Law 77 (2013). 69 NYU Annual Survey of American Law 77 (2013), Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-30.
Fisher’s Fishing Expedition, 15 U. Pa. J. Const. L. Height. Scrutiny 57 (2013) , Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-02.
From Roach Powder to Radical Humanism: Professor Derrick Bell’s ‘Critical’ Constitutional Pedagogy, 36 Seattle U. L. Rev. xxiii (2013), Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-13.
Diversity within Racial Groups and the Constitutionality of Race-Conscious Admissions, 15 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 46 (2012), Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2012-01, Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 12-29.
Note, Maintaining Educational Adequacy in Times of Recession: Judicial Review of State Education Budget Cuts, 85 NY U. L. Rev. 258 (2010), Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper.
Ambiguity, Ambivalence, and Awakening: A South Asian Becoming ‘Critically’ Aware of Race in America, 11 Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy 71 (2009), Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper.
Media, Public & Professional Appearances
An Inflection Point: High Stakes as Harvard Admissions Trial Approaches, The Harvard Crimson, Quoted (May 2018).
“It certainly sends alarm.” Savannah professor analyzes rising number of school threats [Video file]. (2018, April 8).
Yale Critical Race Theory Conference: Yale CRT 2016: Race(In)Action, Race and Higher Education, Presenter (April 2016).
Duke Center on Law, Race, and Politics Conference: The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America, Theorizing Racial Ambiguity: The Case of South Asian Americans, Presenter (November 2015).
Loyola (Chicago) Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium, Compelling Interest: Educational Benefits of Diversity and Race-Consciousness, Presenter (November 2015).
Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference, Council on Ethnic Participation Forum, Race-Conscious Campus Spaces and the Compelling Interest in Diversity, Presenter (November 2015).
Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Comparative Theorizing on the Racial Ambiguity of South Asian Americans, Presenter (August, 2015).
South Asian Legal Academics (SALA) Workshop, DesiCrit: Theorizing the Racial Ambiguity of South Asian Americans, Presenter (July 31, 2015).
Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) Conference, DesiCrit: Theorizing the Racial Ambiguity of South Asian Americans, Presenter (May 28, 2015).
UCLA Law Asian Pacific American Law Journal 2015 Symposium: Under the Radar, Where We Stand: Affirmative Action and Asian Americans, Panelist (April 18, 2015).
Global Perspectives on Colorism Conference, Understanding Color Distinctions in Asia, Panelist (April 3, 2015).
Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Developing a Professional Identity as a Law Professor of Color: Past, Present, and Future, Panelist (March 21, 2015).
2015 Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Panelist (January 29-31, 2015).
– Desicrit: Theorizing the Racial Ambiguity of South Asian Americans (video: Part 5)
– Narrowly Tailored but Broadly Compelling: Defending Race-Conscious Admissions after Fisher (video: Part 9)
The Supreme Court Vacancy: Constitutional and Political Issues, Chicago-Kent College of Law ISCOTUS Blog (February 20, 2016)
The Fishing Expedition Continues: Will there be a Fisher III?, Chicago-Kent College of Law ISCOTUS Blog (December 14, 2016)
Diversity and Living Constitution Theory, American Constitution Society 2015 Constitution Day Blog Symposium (September 15, 2015)
Fisher v. Texas, the Remix, Chicago-Kent College of Law ISCOTUS Blog (July 18, 2015)