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Emily M.S.  Houh


Emily M.S. Houh

Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts


BA, Brown University
JD, University of Michigan

Areas of Interest

  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts

Emily Houh, the Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has been teaching contracts, commercial law, and critical race theory since 2003 at UC Law, where she has twice won the Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence and also serves as co-director of the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. 

Prior to joining the faculty at UC Law, Professor Houh was an assistant professor of law (2000-2003) at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.  A graduate of Brown University, Professor Houh earned her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a founding member and article editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.  After law school, Professor Houh served as law clerk to the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, and then as a staff attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and later as a commercial litigation associate at Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC, in Detroit. 

Much of Professor Houh’s past and current scholarship focuses on the interplay between contract law, critical race theory, and socioeconomic (in)equality.  Additionally, her recent research with UC Law colleague Prof. Kristin Kalsem looks at how participatory action research methods can be used to engage in critical race/feminist praxis, by exploring the raced and gendered nature of the “fringe economy.”  


Book Chapters

    • Contract Law as a Source of Antidiscrimination Law in Intergenerational Inequality: The Role of Race in Law, Markets, and Social Structures (Russell Sage Foundation, 2007)

Articles, Essays & Book Reviews


  • Contracting Identities: The Antisubordinating Potential of Contract Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law (March 24, 2008)
  • The Antidiscriminatory Impulse of Contract Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (February 8, 2007)
  • Why Bargaining Matters in Identity Matters: A Critical Race Approach to Contract Law, Conference: Power, Inequality and the Bargain—the Role of Bargaining Power in the Law of Contract, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan (March 31, 2006)
  • The Implied Obligation of Good Faith in Contract Law: An Empty Vessel?, St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO (February 11, 2004)
  • The False Dichotomy of the Justice and Economic Approaches to Contractual Good Faith, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL (October 20, 2003); 10th Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, Boston College Law School, Newton, MA (October 17-18, 2003)
  • Contracts
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Payment Systems
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