Boston University School of Law
kristin collins

Kristin Collins

Peter Paul Career Development Professor
Professor of Law

BA, magna cum laude, George Washington University
MLITT, Oxford University
MA, Columbia University
JD, Yale Law School

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Phone: 617-353-3126

Areas of Expertise:
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Citizenship
  • Legal History
  • Family Law & Policy
  • Sex Discrimination

Recent Course Topics:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Family Law
  • Citizenship (seminar)
  • Topics in Advanced Civil Procedure (seminar)
  • Historical Perspectives on Law, Constitutions, and Culture (seminar)

Kristin Collins joined the faculty of Boston University School of Law in 2006. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the fields of civil procedure, citizenship law, family law, and legal history. Her work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Duke Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Law and History Review, among others. In the fall of 2012, she held a National Endowment for the Humanities Long-Term Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where her research focused on the role of family law in the administration and development of American citizenship and immigration law. In 2013-2014, Professor Collins was the Sidley Austin-Robert D. McLean Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Following graduation from Yale Law School in 2000, Professor Collins served as a senior fellow at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) in Cape Town, where she conducted research on the South African Judiciary and, specifically, the enforcement of constitutional norms in South Africa’s courts. She clerked for Chief Judge John Walker, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Kimba Wood, US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Following her clerkships she practiced law with a civil rights law firm in New York City.

Professor Collins's academic papers can be found on her SSRN page.

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