Kif Augustine-Adams

Ivan Meitus Chair and Professor of Law

Kif Augustine-Adams, Ivan Meitus Chair and Professor of Law, was the Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing from August 2013 to August 2014. She has also been a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law in ShenZhen, China (September 2009) and at Boston College Law School (2007-2008). She spent six months in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a Fulbright Fellowship in 2003. Just prior to her time in Beijing, Professor Augustine-Adams completed five and a half years of service as Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs.

Professor Augustine-Adams joined the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1995. With Associate Dean Carolina Núñez, she created the Refugee and Immigration Initiative, a course that takes law students to the border area to provide front-line legal triage to asylum-seeking women and children detained in immigration centers. Her regular teaching assignments include torts, seminars in feminist legal theory and critical race theory, as well as professional responsibility.

Her research focuses on intersections among citizenship, immigration, gender and race, particularly in historical context. Recent publications include an invited article for the Mexican Supreme Court in honor of the first centenary of the Mexican Constitution and "Women's Suffrage, the Anti-Chinese Campaigns, and Gendered Ideals in Sonora, Mexico, 1917–1925,"Hispanic American Historical Review (1 May 2017) 97 (2): 223–258. She publishes in both English and Spanish.

Prior to joining the BYU law faculty, Professor Augustine-Adams practiced administrative law with Covington & Burling in Washington D.C.


  • J.D., Harvard University, 1992
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1988

Law Reviews and Peer-reviewed Journals

  • Speed Matters, (with Candace Berrett and James R. Rasband). [SSRN]
  • Religious Exemptions to Title IX, 65(2) University of Kansas Law Review 327 (2016). [SSRN]
  • Marriage and Mestizaje, Chinese and Mexican: Constitutional Interpretation and Resistance in Sonora, 1921–1935, 29(2) Law & History Review 419 (2011). [SSRN]
  • Making Mexico: Legal Nationality, Chinese Race, and the 1930 Population Census, 27(1) Law & History Review 113 (2009). [SSRN]
  • Playing the Ultimatum Game with Grades: Gender, Confidence, and Performance in Public International Law, 57(3) Journal of Legal Education 375 (2007). [SSRN]
  • Constructing Mexico: Marriage, Law and Women’s Dependent Citizenship in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries, 18(1) Gender & History 20 (2006).
  • El construir la nación mexicana: matrimonio, derecho y la nacionalidad dependiente de la mujer casada en las postrimerías del siglo XIX y comienzos del siglo XX, Orden social e identidad de género: México, siglos XIX y XX 65 (María Teresa Fernández Aceves, Carmen Ramos Escandón, & Susie Porter eds., 2006) (in Spanish).
  • Ella consiente implícitamente: La ciudadanía de las mujeres, el matrimonio y la teoría política liberal en Argentina a finales del siglo XIX y comienzos del XX, 11 Mora (Revista del Instituto Interdisciplinario de Estudios de Género, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires) 81 (Diciembre 2005) (in Spanish) (English language version published in 2002).
  • The Plenary Power Doctrine After September 11, 38(3) U.C. Davis Law Review 701 (2005). [SSRN]
  • ‘With Notice of the Consequences’: Liberal Political Theory, Marriage, and Women’s Citizenship in the United States, 6(1) Citizenship Studies 5 (2002).
  • “She Consents Implicitly”: Women’s Citizenship, Marriage, and Liberal Political Theory in Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Argentina, 13(4) Journal of Women’s History 8 (2002) (Spanish language version published in 2005).
  • Fondamenti della famiglia tra antiche e nuove tradizioni religiose: l’esperienza mormone, 2 Daimon: Annuario di diritto comparato delle religioni 71 (2002) (in Italian) (English Title: Foundations of the Family in Old and New Religious Traditions: The Mormon Experience).
  • Pen or Printer: Can Students Afford to Handwrite Their Exams?, 51(1) Journal of Legal Education 118 (2001) (with James R. Rasband and Suzanne B. Hendrix). [SSRN]
  • Gendered States: A Comparative Construction of Citizenship and Nation, 41(1) Virginia Journal of International Law 93 (2000).
  • El Matrimonio Como Exilio: Las Leyes de Ciudadanía y Exclusión Femenina, Exilios Femeninos 71 (Pilar Cuder-Dominguez ed., 2000) (in Spanish) (English Title: Marriage as Exile: Citizenship Laws and Women’s Exclusion).
  • Defamed Women: Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, 22 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 207 (1999).
  • The Web of Membership: The Consonance and Conflict of Being American and Latter-day Saint, 13(2) Journal of Law and Religion 567 (1998–1999).
  • The Beginning of Wisdom Is to Call Things by Their Right Names, 7(1) Southern California Review of Law & Women’s Studies 1 (1997).
  • What Is Just: The Rule of Law and Natural Law in the Trials of Former East German Border Guards, 29(2) Stanford Journal of International Law 271 (1993).
  • Foreigners, Foreign Property, and the Fourth Amendment: United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez, 110 S. Ct. 1056 (1990), 13(3) Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 1037 (1990).

Book Reviews and Other Publications

  • Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race, Book Review, by Laura E. Gómez, 27(1) Law & History Review 231 (2009).
  • The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membership, Book Review, by Linda Bosniak, 17(3) The Law and Politics Book Review 240 (2007).
  • Mexican Law, by Stephen Zamora, José Ramón Cossío, Leonel Pereznieto, José Roldán-Xopa, and David Lopez, 16(3) The Law and Politics Book Review 250 (2006), Book Review.
  • Honor, Status, and Law in Modern Latin America, by Sueann Caulfield, Sarah C. Chambers, & Lara Putnam (eds.), 15(10) The Law and Politics Book Review 925 (2005), Book Review.
  • Considering the Rule of Law: A Step Back from Threats and Dangers, 15(3) Experience 14 (2005) (American Bar Association magazine).
  • Book Review, Judging the Past in Unified Germany, by A. James McAdams, 28(1) German Studies Review 226 (2005).
  • Truth, Autonomy, and Speech: Feminist Theory and the First Amendment, by Susan H. Williams, 14(9) The Law and Politics Book Review 732 (2004), Book Review.
  • Gendered States: A Comparative Construction of Citizenship and Nation, excerpt reprinted in Mixed Race America and the Law: A Reader 424 (Kevin R. Johnson ed., 2002).
  • The Language of Names, by Justin Kaplan & Anne Bernays, 79 Onomastica Canadiana 113 (1997), Book Review.
  • J. Reuben Clark Law School Faculty, 1995-present
  • Covington & Burling, Washington D.C., 1992-1995