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César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a Professor of Law at Ohio State University where he holds the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, and is affiliated with the Latinx Studies Program. He has previously held positions at the University of Denver, Capital University, and the University of Tulsa.


César’s legal scholarship transformed the study of criminal law’s impact on immigration law in the United States and immigration law’s rising role in criminal proceedings. He wrote the first academic book on the topic, Crimmigration Law, detailing the legal doctrine and practices that make the field. Publishing in top academic legal journals in the United States, he was among the first scholars to take seriously imprisonment’s role in enforcing immigration law and detailing the Sixth Amendment’s importance to migrants.

César regularly presents his research to scholars from a variety of disciplines and is among the ten most cited immigration law scholars in the United States.

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At every university, César has poured energy into training the next generation of advocates. Inside the classroom, he pushes students to think critically and creatively about law’s role in modern society. Outside the classroom, he cherishes working with students committing to social justice. He regularly teaches courses about immigration law and policing, and has taught undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. At Ohio State, his courses include:


  • Immigration Law

  • Crimmigration Law Seminar

  • Prisons, Police, and Borders

  • Torts


He also guest lectures in classes across a variety of disciplines and loves sharing ideas about teaching. If you’re a student, feel free to reach out about the classes he teaches. If you’re an academic with similar interests, César invites opportunities for collaboration.


A graduate of Brown University and Boston College, César is also of counsel to García & García Attorneys at Law, PLLC, a law firm headed by his brothers. He has served as a scholar-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law’s Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice and at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Slovenia in 2018. Earlier in his academic career, he received the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award, an honor issued by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups to a “junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice.”


His full faculty bio is available here.

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