Faculty Information

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  • Biography

    B.A., Carleton College
    J.D., Georgetown University

     

    Professor Sundquist is a nationally recognized scholar on issues of race and law.  While his principal research interest lies at the intersection of genetics, race and law, he has published and presented widely on a variety of issues in the fields of constitutional law, evidence law, immigration law, critical race theory, education reform and welfare reform.  His publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the Harvard Blackletter Law Journal, the N.Y.U. Annual Survey of American Law, the Columbia Journal on Race and Law, and the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.  Professor Sundquist has delivered lectures and presentations in a variety of venues, including at the Facing Race annual conference on racial justice, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Society of American Law Teachers annual conference, the National People of Color legal conference, the LatCrit annual conference, and the Research Council for the Sociology of Law annual conference.  Professor Sundquist has also delivered lectures to the New York State legislature (staff attorneys) and the New York State Department of Health.

    Professor Sundquist teaches Evidence, Advanced Evidence, Federal Jurisdiction and Practice, Immigration Law and Policy, and Economic Justice at the law school.  He is a member of the Society of American Law Teachers, the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association.  Before entering academia, Professor Sundquist practiced in the litigation group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York, N.Y., an internationally-known law firm.   

    Much of his scholarship may be found on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at http://ssrn.com/author=1246118.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Presentations and other Professional Activities

    Plenary Panelist, Race and Justice in the 21st Century, Facing Race conference, sponsored by the Applied Research Council, held in Baltimore, Maryland, in November 2012.

    Panelist, Affirmative-Action and the Supreme Court, Albany Law School, October 20, 2012.

    Panelist, A
    New Vision for Race in Science and Biotechnology, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University, March 16, 2012.

    Panelist, Post-Racialism and Affirmative Action, Albany Law School, March 2012.

    Keynote Lecturer, Affirmative-Action in a Post-Racial World, New York State Department of Public Health, held in the Wadsworth Auditorium in Albany, New York in February 2012.

    Moderator, Race: A David Mamet Production, as part of the annual Firestorm Series collaboration between the Capital Repertory Theatre and the Arts Center of Troy, NY, held in Troy, NY in October 2011.

    Presentation, Genetics, Race and Substantive Due Process, as part of a work-in-progress discussion during the annual LatCrit conference, held in San Diego, California in October 2011.

    Panelist, Diversity in Law School, held at Albany Law School in October 2011.

    Accepted Panelist, Racial Borders, Post-Racialism and Passing, as part of the annual Law and Society Conference, held in San Francisco, California in May 2011.

    Invited Panelist for the Southeast/Southwest and Midwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, sponsored by John Marshall Law School and Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, in April 2011.

    Panelist for the inaugural Northeast Regional Scholarship and Teaching Development Workshop, held at Albany Law School in February 2011.

    Invited Panelist for a Roundtable event entitled “What’s Up With Arizona?: The Constitutional, Economic and Political Implications of the Immigration Law,” held at Albany Law School in November 2010.

    Member of the Planning Committee for the Junior Faculty Development Workshop, which is part of the annual LatCrit conference (www.latcrit.org), 2009-2010.

    Presentation, Postracialism and Racial Passing, as part of a panel discussion during the annual National People of Color conference, held at Seton Hall Law School in September 2010.

    Panelist for OUTLaw’s Queer in America annual event, held at Albany Law School in April 2010.

    Invited panelist for the Northeast Black Law Student Association’s annual regional convention, held at Syracuse Law School in January 2010.

    Invited speaker on “Post-racialism” panel for the Northeast People of Color annual conference, held at Buffalo Law School in November 2009.

    Presentation, On Professionalism and Balance, as part of a panel discussion during the annual LatCrit conference, held at American University, Washington College of Law in October 2009.

    Presentation, Race and Immigration Law, as part of the “Immigration and Human Rights” panel during the annual conference of the Research Council for Sociology of Law, held at the Onati Institute (Spain) in July 2009.

    Invited Panelist, Forensic Genetics and the Ascendancy of Modern "Race Science:" Establishing the Inadmissibility of DNA Estimates of Race, to take place during a national symposium on "Defining Race" at Albany Law School in November 2008.

    Member of the Planning Committee for the Junior Faculty Development Workshops, for the 2008 LatCrit annual conference, to be held at the Seattle University School of Law in October 2008.

    Presentation, Race Science: Reconciling DNA Profiling with Modern Race Theory, as part of the "Law and Biomedical Technologies" panel during the annual conference of the Research Council for Sociology of Law, held at the University of Milan-Italy in July 2008.

    Contributor to bibliographic research project on race and ethnicity conducted by the non-profit educational organization the Aspen Institute. Granted copyright permission for a prior legal publication - Equal Opportunity, Individual Liberty and Meritocracy in Education: Reinforcing Structures of Privilege and Inequality, 9 Geo. J. Pov. Law & Pol'y 227 (2002) - to be used as part of the formal readings for the Racial Equity and Society seminars conducted by the Aspen Institute in June 2008.

    Presentation, Some Realism about Integration, as part of the "Future of Racial Integration" panel during the annual conference of the Society of American Law Teachers, held at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law in March 2008.

    Presentation, Child Soldiers and the Perpetrator Bar under United States Asylum Law, as part of the "Lost Childhood: Child Soldiers, Trafficked Children, and Child Rights" symposium held at Albany Law School in February 2008.

    Presentation to the Staff Attorneys of the New York State Legislature, Recent Changes in the Law of Evidence,in December 2007.

    Invitation to author an Evidence treatise for Bloomberg Legal Services, LLP.

    Invitation to serve on a panel regarding "Colorism in the Americas" during the annual conference of the South-North Exchange in the Summer of 2007.

    Moderator, War, Sovereignty, and Territoriality panel as part of the Third World and International Law annual conference held at Albany Law School in April 2007.

    New website  – www.raceandlaw.com

Bo​oks

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Publications

  • Genetics, Race and Substantive Due Process, 20 Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice 341 (2014)

  • Signifying on Passing: (Post) Post-racialism, (Post) Post-modernism and Transformation, 1 Columbia Journal on Race and Law 482 (2012)

  • The First Principles of Standing, 1 Columbia Journal on Race and Law 119 (2010)papers.cfm

  • Science Fictions and Racial Fables: Navigating the Final Frontier of Genetic Interpretation, 25 Harvard Blackletter Law Journal 57 (Spring 2009)papers.cfm

  • On Race, Theory and Norms, 72 Albany Law Review 1025 (2009)

  • The Meaning of Race in the DNA Era: Science, History and the Law, 27 Temple Journal of Science, Technology and Environmental Law 231 (2008)papers.cfm

  • Critical Praxis, Spirit Healing and Community Activism: Preserving a Subversive Dialogue on Reparations, 58 New York University Annual Survey of American Law 659 (2003)papers.cfm

  • Equal Opportunity, Individual Liberty and Meritocracy in Education: Reinforcing Structures of Privilege and Inequality, 9 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy 227 (2002)

Forthcoming Publications

Selected Achievements

  • Professor Christian Sundquist was recently included among the law professors who will comprise the Society of American Law Teachers' Fisher v. Texas response team. On Feb. 14, 2013, he delivered the talk "The Future of Affirmative Action after Fisher v. Texas" at an event presented by the New York State Department of Health Affirmative Action Advisory Committee.
  • Professor Christian Sundquist will speak at the Facing Race national conference in Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 17, 2012, where he will share his views on racial justice in the 21st Century.

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