Riaz Tejani is Associate Professor of Business Ethics. His research examines problems in legal and business ethics with a focus on race and class inequality, access to justice, and higher education. Riaz's first book, Law Mart: Justice, Access, and For-Profit Law Schools (2017), is an ethnographic account of for-profit legal education during and after the global financial crisis. His second book, Law and Society Today (forthcoming 2019), critically surveys contemporary themes in socio-legal studies after "law and economics". Riaz serves on the National Advisory Council of the non-profit research center Law School Transparency, and his recent articles have appeared in American Ethnologist, U.C. Irvine Law Review, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review. His work has been cited or reviewed in outlets including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, The Nation, Huffington Post, Salon, and NPR. Riaz 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.
- Law and Society Today, Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2019. (Peer Reviewed) [AMAZON]
- Law Mart: Justice, Access, and For-Profit Law Schools, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2017. (Peer Reviewed) [AMAZON]
- “Legal Education For Profit and the United Nations Call for “Strong Institutions” in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda,” Crime Prevention and Justice in the 2030 World: Backing the Future, eds. Slawomir Redo, Michael Platzer and Helmut Kury, New York, NY: Springer Publishing, (forthcoming). (Invited)
- “Anthropology,” Research Handbook of New Legal Realism, eds. Shauhin Talesh, Elizabeth Mertz, Heinz Klug, Edward Elgar Publishers (UK), (forthcoming).
- “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. (Invited)
ARTICLES and WORKING PAPERS
- “A Working Class Profession: Opportunism and Diversity in U.S. Law,” Dialectical Anthropology 42:2, 131-148, 2018. (Peer Reviewed)
- “Professional Apartheid: the Racialization of US Law Schools After Global Economic Crisis,” American Ethnologist 44(3), 2017. (Peer Reviewed)
- “Efficiency Unbound: Processual Deterrence in the New Legal Realism,” 6 UC Irvine Law Review 207, 2016. (Invited)
- “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,
- “National Geographics: Toward a Federalism Function of American Tort Law,” 51 San Diego Law Review 81, 2014.
- “The Vanishing Point: Humanity, Vision, and Value Theory in the Age of Economic Globalization,” Alternate Routes/Chemins Alternatifs 20, 2004.
- 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.
- “Marketing Justice: Neoliberal Access and the For-Profit Law School,” Department of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine, CA, December 2015.
- ““Dangerous Liaison”: Civil Rights Discourses in the World of For-Profit Law Schools,” The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America, Duke University School of Law, November 2015.
- “Law For-Profit: Proprietary Law Schools and the Marketization of Access to Justice”, Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C., December 2014.
- Discussant, “Global Affairs and the Liberal Arts Workshop”, Yale-National University of Singapore, Yale University, October 2013.
- “National Geo-Graphics: Toward a “Federalism Function” of American Tort Law”, Works in Progress, Arizona Summit Law School, August 2013.
- Discussant, “Translating Society for Law and Policy: How Do We Get There from Here?” Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association, Boston, May 2013.