Prominent legal scholar to join USC Gould
Mitu Gulati, a Duke Law School professor whose research includes contract evolution, sovereign debt restructuring, customary international law and judicial behavior, will join the USC Gould School of Law faculty in August.
“I am thrilled that Mitu has joined our faculty,” said Robert K. Rasmussen, dean of USC Gould. “I have learned from Mitu’s work for years. Our faculty and students will benefit from having Mitu being part of our intellectual community.”
Gulati is currently conducting empirical research projects on the euro area debt crisis, judicial management and the question of how courts determine customary international law. He is one of two faculty members recently recruited from Duke; leading legal scholar Kim Krawiec joins USC Gould’s faculty in August as well.
Interestingly, Gulati also studies racial discrimination in the employment setting. Last year, he and Devon Carbado of UCLA published Acting White?: Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America, which argues that racial judgments are often based not just on skin color, but on how a person conforms to behavior stereotypically associated with a certain race.
“I’ve always loved California and admired the USC faculty,” Gulati said. “I have many dear friends at USC and am fortunate that I will get to be part of that community.”
Gulati, who served as a visiting professor at USC last fall, will join the USC Gould faculty as of Aug. 1.