Yolanda Vázquez

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Yolanda Vázquez

Professor of Law, College of Law

429 College of Law Building


Areas of Interest: Criminal Law and Procedure, Critical Race Theory/Race and the Law, Immigration Law, Property


Yolanda Vázquez is Professor of Law at University of Cincinnati College of Law.  She teaches in the areas of criminal procedure, property, immigration, and crimmigration. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Vázquez taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Villanova University School of Law, and the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Professor Vázquez’ research focuses within the fields of criminal procedure, immigration law, and constitutional law.  Her scholarship examines the consequences of immigration enforcement within the criminal justice system.  She is co-editor of the 2018 book entitled ENFORCING THE BOUNDARIES OF BELONGING: RACE, CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND MIGRATION CONTROL (Oxford University Press) and across a range of sources, from various law journals, guest blogs, to book chapters.  She is currently working on her book, entitled CRIME, IMMIGRATION, AND RACIAL SUBORDINATION, which is under contract with Routledge Press.

Professor Vázquez’ work is recognized both nationally and internationally. She has presented her work at various international and national institutions such as Yale, Berkeley, Duke, the University of Oxford, the University of Leiden, the University of Coimbra, and the European University Institute.  She serves as an Academic Researcher for the University of Oxford’s Border Criminologies.  She was also awarded the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation in the Field of Immigration law for her work on Padilla v. Kentucky.

Prior to joining the academic world, Professor Vázquez was a criminal and civil litigator. She was a public defender in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in Chicago as well as the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She was a civil litigator at Camden Regional Legal Services and Legal Services of New Jersey.

Professor Vázquez is currently visiting at King’s College London in London, England.  During the fall 2020 semester, she will be a visiting at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  She has also held visiting appointments at the University of Houston and the University of Oxford.  


BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Courses Taught

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Crimmigration
  • Immigration
  • Property



  • "Migration, Crime and the Chinese Exclusion Act: Inequity Wrapped in Terms of Dangerousness," Inequity and the Law, University of Kansas Law Review Symposium, 2017.
  • "Race and Identity in Legal Institutions: Enforcing the Politics of Race in Immigration and Crime Control, Race, Criminal Justice and Migration Control Symposium," University of Oxford, 2017.
  • Panel: Crimmigration After the 2016 Election, LatCrit XXI Biennial Conference, 2017, Orlando, FL.


  • Chapter: “Enforcing the politics of race and identity in migration and crime control policies” in Race, Criminal Justice and Migration Control: Enforcing the Boundaries of Belonging,Oxford University Press. Also co-edited the book.The expected release date is January, 2018.