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Kimani Paul-Emile

Fordham Law Professor Kimani Paul-Emile

Professor of Law

SSRN (academic papers)
Telephone: 212-636-7541

Faculty Assistant: Shannon Walker

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.

For her article, Blackness as Disability?, Dr. Paul-Emile received the Law & Society Association’s 2019 John Hope Franklin Prize, which recognizes “exceptional scholarship in the field of Race, Racism and the Law.”  In 2017, she 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, Dr. Paul-Emile 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.

Selected Publications


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

Selected Awards/Honors/Fellowships

  • John Hope Franklin Prize, Law & Society Association (2019) (for Blackness as Disability?)
  • Deans’ Distinguished Research Award, Fordham University School of Law (2018)
  • 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)