Kimani Paul-Emile

Fordham Law Professor Kimani Paul-Emile

Associate Professor of Law

Telephone: 212-636-7541
Office: Room 7-109
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Faculty Assistant: AC Christian

Research and Teaching Areas

Race; Law and Biomedical Ethics; Drug Regulation; Anti-Discrimination Law; Health Law; Legislation and Regulation, Law and Inequality


Kimani Paul-Emile is an Associate Professor of Law, Associate Director and Head of Domestic Programs and Initiatives at Fordham Law School’s Center on Race, Law & Justice, and Faculty Co-Director of the Fordham Law School Stein Center for Law & Ethics. Dr. Paul-Emile specializes in the areas of law & biomedical ethics, law and inequality, and health law. Her scholarship has been published widely, including in the Virginia Law Review, UCLA Law Review, George Washington Law Review, and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other publications.

In 2013, Dr. Paul-Emile was selected by the Greenwall Foundation to receive a Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics for 2013-2016: an award intended to enable outstanding junior faculty members to carry out original research to help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences. Dr. Paul-Emile is also the recipient of a Public Health Law Research award grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care.

Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Paul-Emile served as Associate Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, and practiced civil rights law at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she was a National Association for Public Interest Law (now Equal Justice Works) Fellow and later the William Moses Kunstler Fellow for Racial Justice. Dr. Paul-Emile also served as Senior Faculty Development Consultant at the New York University Center for Teaching Excellence.

Selected Publications


  • New York University, PhD
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • Brown University, BA, with Honors

Selected Awards/Honors/Fellowships

  • Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics, Greenwall Foundation (2013-2016)
  • Lawyers of Color’s “50 Under 50 List” (2014)
  • Public Health Law Research Grant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2011-2013)
  • Health Law Scholar, American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the St. Louis University Law School Center for Health Law Studies (2010)