A.B. Political Science, University of Chicago
M.A. Urban Planning, UCLA School of Public Affairs
J.D., UCLA School of Law (specialization in Critical Race Theory)
Ph.D. History, UC Davis

Nina Farnia is a legal historian and scholar of Critical Race Theory.  Her research examines the development of civil rights, civil procedure, and national security law over the twentieth century.  She is especially interested in the impacts of U.S. imperialism on domestic lawmaking. Her scholarship has appeared in a wide range of academic journals and popular media outlets including Stanford Law Review, St. John’s Law Review, UCLA Women’s Law Journal, Middle East Inquiry, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others.  Her forthcoming book is entitled Imperialism in the Making of U.S. Law.

As an Equal Justice Works fellow, Farnia participated on the legal teams for two Supreme Court cases: Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the largest civil rights class action in U.S. history and her fellowship case, Fazaga v. FBI, which challenged the use of government informants in mosques in Southern California.  During law school she clerked for Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and women’s rights attorney Nasrin Sotoodeh in Iran. Prior to attending law school, she was a community organizer in Chicago.

At Albany Law School, she teaches Federal Civil Procedure in the 1L curriculum and Constitutional Law II, Critical Race Theory, Employment Law, and Legal History to upper level students.  Farnia has extensive teaching experience, having taught Critical Race Theory and Federal Courts for Civil Rights Litigators at UC Davis School of Law and World History, U.S. History, and Middle East History courses in the Department of History at UC Davis.

Farnia earned an A.B. from the University of Chicago where she was a Maroon Key Society honoree, a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law where she was an organizer of the inaugural Critical Race Studies symposia, and a Ph.D. from the Department of History at UC Davis, where she was a Provost’s Fellow and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.


Nina Farnia

Nina Farnia,

Assistant Professor Law