For Immediate Release:  May 12, 2011
2011, 05, 12

Rose Cuison Villazor Receives Hofstra University Prize for “Rediscovering Oyama v. California”

Rose Cuison Villazor Receives Hofstra University Prize for “Rediscovering Oyama v. California”

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law Professor Rose Cuison Villazor has been named one of three winners of Hofstra University’s 27th Annual Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publications.

Rose Cuison Villazor, J.D., LL.M., an associate professor at Hofstra Law School, will receive the prize for her publication “Rediscovering Oyama v. California:  At the Intersection of Property, Race and Citizenship," which appeared in the Washington University Law Review, Volume 87, No. 5, 979 (2010). The article examines the parallels between recent local ordinances requiring proof of citizenship to sign residential leases – in some cases intended to prevent “browning of neighborhoods” – and early-20th century alien land laws, primarily targeting Japanese. (For more information, read the most recent issue of the Hofstra Law Report.) 

The Stessin recipients will be recognized at the 2011 Honors Convocation on May 22 at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus. 

Dr. Stessin was a journalist who joined the Hofstra University faculty as a professor of management in 1958 and served continuously until his retirement in 1973. After graduation from the Columbia University School of Journalism he worked at The New York Times and as a columnist and later as an associate editor of Forbes Magazine. Dr. Stessin also published in a wide range of scholarly and academic media. During his lifetime and as part of his will, Dr. Stessin made substantial contributions to Hofstra University, including his contribution to the Endowment Fund, which led to the establishment of the Stessin Prize, an incentive and reward for junior faculty who publish the results of their scholarly work.

About Rose Cuison Villazor


Professor Villazor teaches and writes in the areas of property law, immigration law, race, and citizenship. Her recent articles include, “The Other Loving: Uncovering the Federal Regulation of Interracial Marriages,” in the New York University Law Review (forthcoming 2011), “RediscoveringOyama v. California: At the Intersection of Property, Race and Citizenship,” in the Washington University Law Review (2010), and "Blood Quantum Land Laws: The Race versus Political Identity Dilemma," in the California Law Review (2008).  She is also co-editor of a forthcoming book titled “Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage,” which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

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