Christian Sundquist Named New Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship at Albany Law School

By Ben Meyers
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Christian Sundquist

Albany Law School is excited to announce that Professor Christian Sundquist has been named Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship.

Sundquist has been a professor with the law school since 2006 and served as the Director of Faculty Research and Scholarship since 2015.

“I am humbled and honored that Albany Law School has asked me to fill this role. I am excited about the future of legal research here,” Sundquist said. “I owe a great debt of gratitude to my faculty colleagues and the school’s administration. I will do everything I can to make sure that Albany Law School continues to make an impact on the legal and academic communities.”

President and Dean Alicia Ouellette said, “Albany Law School is successful because of the hard work, commitment, and expertise of faculty like Dean Sundquist. We are honored that he has accepted this role and we are excited to see how he will continue to help our faculty be thought leaders in the legal community”

Beyond his coursework in evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, and critical race theory, Sundquist will serve as part of the law school’s leadership team, support faculty scholarship, mentor and assess pre-tenure scholars, promote the reputation of Albany Law’s faculty, and meaningfully enhance the intellectual and scholarly life of the law school faculty.

A prolific researcher himself, Sundquist's principal interests lie at the intersection of genetics, race, and law. He has published and presented widely on constitutional law, evidence law, critical race theory, and criminal justice issues. His publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the Harvard Blackletter Law Journal, the Denver Law Review, the Columbia Journal on Race and Law, and the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights.

His most recent work, "The Future of Law Schools: COVID-19, Technology, and Social Justice," was published in the Connecticut Law Review in Fall 2020, and he has articles forthcoming in Spring 2021 in the Seton Hall Law Review, the Georgia State Law Review, and the Journal of Legal Education.

He also recently co-founded the independent Institute for Racial Justice Research and Advocacy (www.raceandlaw.org) and serves as one of the organization’s co-directors. In August 2020, he was appointed to the New York State Bar Association Task Force on Racial Justice. In 2016, he was awarded the Distinguished Educator for Excellence in Scholarship award at Albany Law School and received an appointment as an affiliate professor of psychology with the University at Albany.

Before joining the law school, Sundquist was an associate in the litigation department of Chadbourne & Parke LLP (now Norton Rose LLP), where his practice involved general litigation, immigration, and intellectual property.

Sundquist earned his J.D. from Georgetown University in 2002 and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton College in 1997.

“Albany Law School has been an enormous part of my career and I am thankful that I decided to join its faculty all those years ago,” Sundquist said. “I am hopeful that there will be many more years where I can be part of this rich academic community.”