Cristina Rodriguez has joined the Yale Law School faculty as a professor of law effective Jan. 28, Dean Robert Post announced. She will be the first Hispanic professor to be granted tenure at the school.
"Cristina is the nation's leading theorist of immigration law," Post said in a statement on the law school's website. "Her work is both practical and cutting edge, and she brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge. She is a superb teacher, and I expect that she will be a mentor to generations of students."
Rodriguez, class of '00, will teach constitutional law, administrative law, and immigration law. Formerly a visiting professor at the law school, she will give up her position as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel to take the professorship, the Yale Daily News reported.
Rodríguez has been a nonresident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute, where she focused on state and local police involvement in immigration enforcement, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Rodriguez earned both her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale, and served as articles editor for The Yale Law Journal. She also holds a master of letters in modern history from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.
She had been on leave from the New York University School of Law.
Although Yale Law School didn't make the HispanicBusiness list of best schools for Hispanics last year, the Yale School of Management ranked as No. 9 on the 2012 Best Business Schools index.
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