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Lua Kamál Yuille is an interdisciplinary scholar whose current work connects property theory, business law, economics, critical pedagogy, and group identity. Professor Yuille's diverse professional praxis--federal law clerk, Latin Americanist socio-economic development lawyer, Wall Street corporate transactional attorney, public school teacher, pro bono immigration litigation practitioner--provides a strong foundation for her engaged scholarship on a wide range of questions. Her recent projects include studies of the economics and pedagogy of street gang identity and control mechanisms, corporate personality, and the communicative impact of citizenship law and policy. She has also written about and studied U.S. immigration and asylum law, the European Union, law and religion, law and economics, employment discrimination, and jurisprudence.


To students, Professor Yuille is  a dedicated and innovative critical pedagogue and mentor. She was given her first teaching “job” when she was assigned a class of toddlers during fourth grade. Since that time, she has taught or developed courses for students at every level from preschool to law school. In 2017, her teaching excellence was recognized by the Society of American Law Teachers.


Professor Yuille’s formal education and pedigree includes training in fields ranging from cognitive science, international relations, and computer engineering to economics, education, and law. Her academic credentials include degrees from Columbia University School of Law, the Johns Hopkins University, and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). And, besides English, she is fluent in Spanish and Italian. She credits her most enduring education to the varied experiences she has had as a schoolteacher, a socioeconomic development lawyer, an action researcher, a corporate attorney, and a praxivist doing service all over the world.

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Northeastern University | School of Law | 2021 - present


Northeastern University | D'Amore-McKim School of Business | 2021 - present


Academic Appointments

University of Kansas | School of Law | 2021 - 2022

Distinguished Scholar

University of Kansas | School of Law | 2013 - 2021


University of Kansas | Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies | 2013 - 2021

Core Faculty

University of Wisconsin | Law School | 2011 - 2013

William Hastie Fellow

University of Oregon | School of Law | 2006 - 2007

Visiting Professor

Columbia University | School of Law

Juris Doctor

The Johns Hopkins University

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) | Bologna Center

Graduate Diploma, International Studies​


The Johns Hopkins University

Bachelor of Arts, International Relations​

University of Wisconsin

LLM (in progress)

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Interdisciplinary PhD (in progress), Economics / Curri​culum & Instruction

2010 - present
2010 - present
Areas of Scholarly Interest & Expertise


theory, collective property, takings, identity


theory of the firm, corporate governance, identity, corporate social responsibility


heterodox economics, feminist economics, original institutional economics, property rights, theories of the firm


curriculum theory, critical pedagogy, public pedagogy


immigration, vulnerability theory, European Union constitutional law, human rights, asylum, discrimination, race, gender, religion

Selected Professional Experience

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP | 2004 - 2013

Associate Attorney​

Judge Dorothy W. Nelson

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit | 2005 - 2006

Law Clerk

Allen & Overy LLP | 2003

Summer Associate

Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck

United States District Court for the Southern District of  New York | 2003

Law Clerk (extern)

Tahirih Justice Center | 2002

Legal Researcher




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