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Michelle McKinley

Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law
Associate Professor

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Phone: (541) 346-5191
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Michelle McKinley is Associate Professor of Law. She teaches Law, Culture & Society, Immigration Law, Public International Law, and Refugee & Asylum Law. Professor McKinley attended Harvard Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and graduated cum laude in 1995. Professor McKinley also holds a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology from Oxford University. Professor McKinley is the former Managing Director of Cultural Survival, an advocacy and research organization dedicated to indigenous peoples. She is also the founder, and former director, of the Amazonian Peoples' Resources Initiative, a community based reproductive rights organization in Peru, where she worked for nine years as an advocate for global health and human rights.

Professor McKinley has published extensively on international law, human rights, reproductive rights, and immigration issues, authoring numerous scholarly articles, essays, and works in progress. Her articles appear in the Law and History Review; NYU Journal of International Law and Politics; Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice; Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power; Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, and Unbound: Harvard Law Journal of the Legal Left among others. She has been awarded fellowships for her research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Newberry Library.


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