Riaz Tejani is Associate Professor of Business Ethics. His work investigates the interaction of legal and business ethics with special interests in race and class inequality, distributive justice, and cultures of economic rationality. His first book, Law Mart: Justice, Access, and For-Profit Law Schools (Stanford, 2017), is an ethnographic account of for-profit legal education during and after the global financial crisis. His second book, Law and Society Today (University of California, 2019), critically surveys contemporary themes in socio-legal studies after "law and economics". Riaz is Co-director of the Law and Society Association’s CRN 28 on New Legal Realism, and a member of the board of conveners for the Law and Humanities Junior Scholars Workshop. His most recent articles are forthcoming or published in the American Ethnologist, Alabama Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Riaz’ work has been cited or reviewed in venues that include the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, The Nation, Huffington Post, Salon, and NPR. He holds a PhD in social anthropology from Princeton University and a JD from the USC Gould School of Law, where he was a Fellow at the Center for Law, History, and Culture. His past research affiliations include the École Normale Supérieure-Ulm and the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in Paris, France. Before joining the School of Business, Riaz was on faculty at the University of Illinois - Springfield where, in 2017, he was a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for teaching. In 2020, for his work on law and marketization, he was awarded the University of Redlands’ Outstanding Faculty Award for research.
- Law and Society Today, Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2019. [AMAZON]
- Law Mart: Justice, Access, and For-Profit Law Schools, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2017. [AMAZON]
- “A Shout in the Cathedral: Elizabeth Mertz’ Groundbreaking Language of Law School,” Leading Works in Legal Anthropology, London and New York: Routledge, (forthcoming).
- “Anthropology,” Research Handbook of New Legal Realism, eds. Shauhin Talesh, Elizabeth Mertz, Heinz Klug, Edward Elgar Publishers (UK), 2021.
- “Legal Education For Profit and the United Nations Call for “Strong Institutions” in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda,” Crime Prevention and Justice in 2030 The UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, eds. Slawomir Redo and Helmut Kury, New York, NY: Springer Publishing, 2020.
- “Market Creep: “Product” Talk in Legal Education,” Power, Legal Education, and Law School Cultures, eds. Meera Deo, Mindie Lazarus-Black & Elizabeth Mertz, New York, NY: Routledge, 2020.
- “Distance in Law and Globalization: Armchair Anthropology Revisited,” Comparative Law and Anthropology, ed. James Nafziger, Edward Elgar Publishers (UK), 2017.
- “‘Fielding’ Legal Realism: the Law Student as Participant Observer,” The New Legal Realism: Translating Law-And-Society For Today’s Legal Practice, eds. Stewart Macaulay, Elizabeth Mertz & Thomas Mitchell, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
ARTICLES and WORKING PAPERS
- “Moral Convergence: Why The Rules of Professional Responsibility Should Apply to Lawyers in Business Ethics”, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics (forthcoming).
- “The Life of Transplants: Why Law-And-Economics Has ‘Succeeded’ Where Legal Anthropology Has Not,” Alabama Law Review (forthcoming).
- “’To See Society’s Heart in Its Mind’: Looking For Justice With Carol Greenhouse,” Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Online Forum: Festschrift for Carol Greenhouse, July 2020. https://polarjournal.org /2020/07/06/to-see-societys-heart-in-its-mind-looking-for-justice-with-carol-greenhouse/
- “A Working Class Profession: Opportunism and Diversity in U.S. Law,” Dialectical Anthropology 42:2, 131-148, 2018.
- “Professional Apartheid: the Racialization of US Law Schools After Global Economic Crisis,” American Ethnologist 44(3), 2017
- “Efficiency Unbound: Processual Deterrence in the New Legal Realism,” 6 UC Irvine Law Review 207, 2016.
- “Proprietary Law Schools and the Marketization of Access to Justice”, Working Paper No. 228, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Columbia University, 2016.
- “Legal Anthropology,” New Legal Realism, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Chicago/online, May 29, 2021.
- Chair: “Legal Education After Covid-19: Realist Approaches,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Chicago/online, May 28, 2021.
- “Scientism in Law and Economics,” Anthropologists Among Lawyers, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Chicago/online, May 27, 2021.
- “Leadership Success for International Students”, Office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion, March 31, 2021
- “The Life of Transplants: “Success” In Legal Anthropology and Law & Economics,” Legal Anthropology Workshop, University of Alabama School of Law (online), February 20, 2020.
- “Mutual Moral Deferment: “Law & Economics" Changes the Role of Law in Organizational Ethics,” Webinar, Redlands Business Day, University of Redlands School of Business December 5, 2020.
- “Mutual Moral Deferment: “Law & Economics" Changes the Role of Law in Organizational Ethics,” Webinar, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, September 23, 2020.
- “Ethnographic Sympathy, Vectors of Neoliberalism,” Legal Anthropology Roundtable, University of Alabama School of Law, (moved online) August 10, 2020.
- Discussant, “Law in the First Person: The Power and Potential of Ethnographic Legal Research,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Denver (moved online) 2020
- Commentator, “On Shared Suffering: Judicial Intimacy in the Rural Northland,” Law & Humanities Junior Scholars Workshop, UCLA School of Law, (moved online) 2020
- “Law and Society Today,” Book Reception and Public Lecture, University of Redlands, Banta Center for Ethical and Purposeful Leadership, December 2019.
- Discussant, “Law in the First Person: The Power and Potential of Ethnographic Legal Research,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, June 2020.
- “Law and Society Today,” Banta Center for Ethical and Purposeful Leadership, University of Redlands School of Business, December 10, 2019.
- Commentator, “Mens Daemonica,” Law and Humanities Junior Scholars Workshop, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, June 3, 2019.
- “Fourth-Tier Schismogenesis,” Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession, UC Irvine School of Law, June 1, 2017.
- “Marketing Justice: Neoliberal Access and the For-Profit Law School,” American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL, February, 2016.
- “Race, Law, and Ideology: Emancipatory Discourses in the Marketization of Access to Justice,” Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego, CA, January, 2016.
- Discussant, “Qualitative and Mixed Methods Workshop,” Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New York, NY, January, 2016.