Kristina’s litigation, teaching, and research interests are concerned with the rights and regulations of non-citizens in the United States at both the federal and sub-federal level. More specifically, her research agenda seeks to contribute to the scholarly literature at the intersection of immigration, civil rights, and race and the law by critiquing and analyzing the various laws impacting non-citizens and the potentially discriminatory motivations behind such laws. A sub-focus of Kristina’s research agenda has been on the development of immigration law and policy in Arizona and the American Southwest.
She has been invited to speak across the country and in Mexico on the subject of immigrants’ rights. Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College (Indiana) cum laude and her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Kristina is proficient in Spanish and is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the State Bar of Arizona (inactive), and the State Bar of California.
Rising Arizona: The Legacy of the Jim Crow Southwest on Immigration Law and Policy After 100 Years of Statehood, 24 Berkeley La Raza L. J. __(forthcoming 2014)
(Un) Reasonable Suspicion: Racial Profiling in Immigration Enforcement After Arizona v. United States, 3 Wake Forest J. L. & Pol'y 367 (2013) (invited article)
Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime? The Politics of Immigration Enforcement and the Provision of Sanctuary, 63 Syracuse L. Rev. 71 (2012)
The Road to SB 1070: How Arizona Became Ground Zero for the Immigrants’ Rights Movement and the Continuing Struggle for Latino Civil Rights in America, 14 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 1 (2011)
The High Cost of Free Speech: Anti-Solicitation Ordinances, Day Laborers, and the Impact of 'Backdoor' Local Immigration Regulations, 25 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 1(2010)
Imagining a More Humane Immigration Policy in the Age of Obama: The Use of Plenary Power to Halt the State Balkanization of Immigration Regulation, 29 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 415 (2010)
Anti-Immigrant Ordinances: A Legal, Policy, and Litigation Analysis, 84 Den. U.L.R. 1041 (2007)
Note,Blurring the Lines of the Danger Zone: The Impact of Kendra’s Law on the Rights of the Nonviolent Mentally Ill, 16 Notre Dame J.L., Ethics & Pub. Policy 173 (2002)