Rachel E. RosenbloomProfessor of Law
Columbia University, BA 1990
University of California, Berkeley, MA 1994
New York University, JD 2002
Mail: 416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-3066
Fax: (617) 373-5056
Professor Rosenbloom teaches and writes in the area of immigration law and policy. Her recent scholarship has focused on the intersection of criminal law and immigration law, the possibilities and limits of transnational legal advocacy in advancing the rights of deportees, and the role of race and immigration in the historical development of U.S. citizenship law.
Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Rosenbloom was a fellow at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, where she was the supervising attorney for the Center's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project. She has been widely quoted in the media on the wrongful detention and deportation of US citizens and permanent residents, and testified on this subject at a 2008 congressional hearing before the House Subcommittee on Immigration.She has taught as an adjunct professor at Bentley University and is currently an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College.
Professor Rosenbloom's legal career includes practicing union-side labor law at the Boston firm Segal Roitman LLP. From 2002 to 2004, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Morris E. Lasker in United States District Court. Prior to her legal career, Professor Rosenbloom was a research and advocacy associate at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, where she documented human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV status.
Fields of Expertise
- Immigration Law
- Refugee and Asylum Law
- Administrative Law
- Civil Rights
Unspoken Rules: Sexual Orientation and Women’s Human Rights (International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, 1995. Second edition; Cassell, 1996).
- “Policing Sex, Policing Immigrants: What Crimmigration’s Past Can Tell Us About Its Present and Its Future,” 104 California Law Review 149 (2016).
- “The Citizenship Line: Rethinking Immigration Exceptionalism,” 54 Boston College Law Review 1965 (2013).
- “Policing the Borders of Birthright Citizenship: Some Thoughts on the New (and Old) Restrictionism,” 51 Washburn Law Journal 311 (2012).
- “The Boston Principles: an Introduction,” 1 Notre Dame Journal of International, Comparative and Human Rights Law 145 (2011).
- “Remedies for the Wrongly Deported: Territoriality, Finality, and the Significance of Departure,” 33 University of Hawaii Law Review 139 (2011).
- “Will Padilla Reach Across the Border?” 34 New England Law Review 327 (2011).
- “Gone For Good? Seeking Reopening or Reconsideration After a Respondent has Departed the United States,” 13-14 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 1 (2008).
- “Beyond the “Immediate Custodian” Rule: Who is the Proper Respondent to an Immigration-Related Habeas Action?” 8 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 853 (2003).
- “Is the Attorney General the Custodian of an INS Detainee? Personal Jurisdiction and the “Immediate Custodian” Rule in Immigration-Related Habeas Actions,” 27 NYU Rev. L. & Soc. Change 543 (2002).
- "Law Professor: Trump's Immigration Policies Could Go down as Historic 'Moral Failing'," news@Northeastern (January 30, 2017)
- “Symposium on Kerry v. Din: Due Process Rights, Beyond Marriage,” ImmigrationProfBlog (June 18, 2015).
- “Needed: Lawyers in Immigration Court,” The Boston Globe (June 25, 2014).