Kif Augustine-Adams – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

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.

Courses Taught

  • Torts
  • Social Policy & Feminist Legal Thought
  • Race and Race Relations
  • The Fourteenth Amendment
  • Refugee & Immigration Initiative
  • Professional Responsibility
  • LL.M. Thesis (by permission only)


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