Published: Dec. 9, 2016

Associate Professor of Law Ming Hsu ChenThe U.S. Commission on Civil Rights appointed CU Boulder Associate Professor of Law Ming Hsu Chen to its 14-person Colorado State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Congress mandates that the federal commission appoint volunteer members to advisory committees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

State advisory committee members conduct reviews and produce reports and recommendations concerning local civil rights issues, including justice, voting, discrimination, housing and education. Appointees serve four-year terms.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with studying and advising the president and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing a federal civil-rights enforcement report. Visit the commission website for information about their reports and meetings.

Chen joined the Colorado Law faculty as an associate professor in 2011, with a focus on public law, immigration, citizenship, race and empirical legal studies. She is currently writing a book about the significance of the federal government in immigrant integration and cooperative federalism and has previously published articles on the political incorporation of Asian Americans and minority vote dilution, the post-9/11 treatment of Muslim Americans, asylum adjudication and the role of faith in public life.

From 2010 to 2011, Chen served as a visiting scholar at George Washington Law School and a graduate fellow at the University of California's Washington Center. She earned a PhD in jurisprudence and social policy at the University of California Berkeley, a JD at New York University Law School and an AB from Harvard College.