Vinay Harpalani, Ph.D. GED'99 GR'04 GR'05
Associate Professor of Law
Savannah Law School
Vinay Harpalani is Associate Professor of Law and teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, and employment discrimination. Prior to joining the faculty of Savannah Law School in August 2014, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (2012-14), where he taught legal writing and Critical Race Theory. Professor Harpalani was also the inaugural academic fellow at the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University School of Law (2010-12), where he taught seminar courses in education law and constitutional law; and the Derrick Bell Fellow at New York University (NYU) School of Law (2009-10), where he co-taught constitutional law courses with the late Professor Derrick Bell.
Professor Harpalani’s scholarship examines race-consciousness from both constitutional and interdisciplinary perspectives. He has written several law review articles on race-conscious university admissions, and three of these were cited in various U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas. Additionally, Professor Harpalani has written on a variety of topics in Critical Race Theory, including racial ambiguity and the “acting White” phenomenon. His article “DesiCrit: Theorizing the Racial Ambiguity of South Asian Americans,” which was published in the NYU Annual Survey of American Law issue dedicated to Professor Derrick Bell, is perhaps the most comprehensive scholarly source on the racial classification of South Asian Americans (peoples in the U.S. whose ancestry derives from the Indian subcontinent), and it is also a pathbreaking work on the emerging topic of racial ambiguity.
Professor Harpalani graduated from NYU School of Law in 2009, where was an articles editor for the New York University Law Review, an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, and a Derrick A. Bell Jr. Public Service Scholar. At NYU, he won the Gary E. Moncrieffe Award for “outstanding student in Racism and Law” and received a Vanderbilt Medal for "outstanding contributions to the school of law." Prior to law school, Professor Harpalani earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and also served as a lecturer at Penn.