Coral Gables, FL (March 23, 2009 – LAWFUEL) –The University of Miami School of Law announced today the appointment of Kunal Madhukar Parker to its faculty beginning in the academic year 2009 – 2010. Kunal Parker is currently at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he is the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at New York University Law School, Cornell Law School, and the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, as well as a Visiting Scholar at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, and the University of Miami School of Law. He is fluent in six languages, including French, German, Hindi, and Marathi. His teaching areas and interests include Bankruptcy, Conflict of Laws, Immigration and Nationality Law, Legal History, Property, Race and American Law, and Trusts and Estates.
“Kunal Parker is one of the brightest younger stars in the legal academy,” said Paul R. Verkuil, Acting Dean of the UM School of Law. “He will certainly add to the high caliber of legal scholarship currently at the school.”
Professor Parker has written extensively in the area of colonial Indian legal history and U.S. citizenship. He also has focused his work on immigration history and theory. He previously worked for a summer in Bombay, India on a study of economic liberalization commissioned by the International Finance Corporation. In addition to these posts, he has worked as an associate at the New York law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he practiced in the area of bankruptcy law with respect to complex financial transactions.
Kunal Parker co-authored The Impact of Liberalization on the Private Corporate Sector of the Capital Goods Industry in India. His upcoming book, Custom and History: Common Law Thought and the Historical Imagination in Nineteenth Century America, will soon be published by Cambridge University Press. The book focuses on the emergence of historical context in late nineteenth century American jurisprudential thought.