Research and Teaching Areas
Race; Law and Biomedical Ethics; Anti-Discrimination Law; Health Law; Legislation and Regulation, Law and Inequality
Kimani Paul-Emile is a 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, race and the law, and health law. Her scholarship has been published widely, including in the Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, George Washington Law Review, and the New England Journal of Medicine among others. Her co-authored article on the clinical, ethical, and legal challenges attendant to dealing with racist patients in the hospital setting has been viewed over 144,000 times, placing it in the 99th percentile of articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and 99th percentile of all medical journals. Dr. Paul-Emile’s scholarship has also appeared in or been covered by over 30 national and international news organizations, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Public Radio, CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America, and The Guardian.
In 2017, Dr. Paul-Emile was awarded a Making a Difference in Real World Bioethics Dilemmas Grant by the Greenwall Foundation; and in 2013, the foundation selected her to receive a Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics: an award intended to enable outstanding junior faculty members to conduct original research to help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences. In 2012, she was awarded a Public Health Law Research Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care. In addition, Dr. Paul-Emile was selected to serve as one of four Health Law Scholars by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the St. Louis University Law School Center for Health Law Studies through a competitive, nation-wide, blind scholarship review process.
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.
When a Wrongful Birth Claim May Not be Wrong: Race, Inequality, and the Cost of Blackness, 86 FORDHAM L. REV. 2811 (2018)
Blackness as Disability?, 106 GEO. L.J. 293 (2018)
- Dealing with Racist Patients, 374 N. ENGL. J. MED. 708 (2016) [co-authored]
- Foreword: Critical Race Theory and Empirical Methods, 83 FORDHAM L. REV. 101 (2015)
- Beyond Title VII: Rethinking Race, Ex-Offender Status, and Employment Discrimination in the Information Age, 100 VA. L. REV.893 (2014)
- Patients' Racial Preferences and the Medical Culture of Accommodation, 60 UCLA L. REV. 462 (2012)
- The Regulation of Race in Science, 80 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 1115 (2012)
- Making Sense of Drug Regulation, 19 CORNELL J.L. & PUB. POL'Y 691 (2010)
- New York University, PhD
- Georgetown University Law Center, JD
- Brown University, BA, with Honors
- Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas, Greenwall Foundation (2018-2019)
- 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)