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Khaled Beydoun

Associate Professor of Law

K. Beydoun
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 317
Phone: (313) 596-0265
K. Beydoun
Areas of Expertise:
National Security
Civil rights and the formation of Arab and Muslim American legal identity
Race, religion and citizenship
Constitutional law with special emphasis on First and Fourteenth Amendments


Professor Khaled A. Beydoun is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He previously served on the UCLA School of Law faculty, and currently serves as affiliated faculty with the UC-Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. Professor Beydoun has extensive experience as an attorney, working within the realm of civil rights, criminal defense, and international law practice.

A Critical Race Theory scholar, Professor Beydoun examines Islamophobia from a legal, race-based and intersectional perspective. His scholarship examines the racial construction of Arab and Muslim American identity, criminal and national security policing, and the intersection of race, religion and citizenship. His work has been featured in top law journals, including the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and the Harvard Journal of Race & Ethnic Justice.

A native of Detroit, Professor Beydoun earned his law degree from the UCLA School of Law, and his BA from the University of Michigan. His also holds a Master's Degree from the University of Toronto. A regular commentator on pressing issues, Professor Beydoun contributes regularly to Al-Jazeera English, serves as an expert consultant for the US Census Bureau, and has featured his opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Salon and the BBC.

Recent Publications:

“Muslims Bans” and the (Re)Making of Political Islamophobia, U. Ill. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017)

Between Indigence, Islamophobia and Erasure: Poor and Muslim in “War on Terror” America, 104 Cal. L. Rev. 101 (2016)

Reverse Passing, 64 UCLA L. Rev. ____ (forthcoming 2016, co-authored with Erika K. Wilson)

Islamophobia: Toward a Legal Definition and Framework, 116 Colum. L. Rev. Online 1 (2016)

Beyond the Paris Attacks: Unveiling the War Within French Counterterror Policy, 65 Am. U. L. Rev. 1273 (2016)

Boxed In: Reclassification of Arab Americans on the U.S. Census as Progress or Peril? 47 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 101 (2016)

Islam Incarcerated: Religious Accommodation of Muslim Prisoners Before Holt v. Hobbs, 84 U. Cin. L. Rev. 99 (2016)

A Demographic Threat? Proposed Reclassification of Arab Americans on the 2020 Census, 12 Mich. L. Rev. Online 465 (2015)

Antebellum Islam, 58:1 Howard L.J. 141 (2015)

Why Ferguson is Our Issue: A Letter to Muslim America, 31 Harvard J. on Race & Ethnic Justice1 (Symposium Article, 2015)

Between Muslim and White: The Legal Construction of Arab-American Identity, 69 N.Y.U. Annual Survey of American L. 29 (2014)

Fast-Tracking Women into Parliamentary Seats in the Arab World, 17 Southwestern J. of Int’l L. 101 (2011) 

Without Color of Law: The Losing Race Against Colorblindness in Michigan, 12 Mich. J. Race and L. 465 (2007)

Re-segregation By Referendum, 19 Harvard J. of Hisp. Pol. 73 (2006)

The Trafficking of Domestic Workers into Lebanon, 24 Berkeley J. of Int’l L. 1009 (2006) 

Dar Al-Islam Meets Islam as Civilization, 4 UCLA J. Islamic & Near E.L. 143 (2005)


Prof. Beydoun presents on his areas of scholarships many times every year. In the Fall of 2017, he has given the following presentations:

Acting Muslim, Harvard School of Law, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 23, 2017

Policing Muslim Identity During the Time of Trump, Duke University – Keenan Institute for Ethics and the Islamic Studies Center, Durham, NC, October 11, 2017

The Law, Politics, and Impact of Islamophobia, Saint Louis University School of Law (Bicentennial Anniversary Lecture), Saint Louis, Missouri, September 27, 2017

The Law of Islamophobia, The Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia, September 26, 2017

Acting Muslim, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, September 6, 2017

Courses Taught:

Civil Rights (Law 3090)

Constitutional Law (Law 2060)

 Torts (Law 1130)

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