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Richard Banks

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Ralph Banks

Courtesy Professor

- Stanford Law School Directory


Ralph Richard Banks (BA ’87, MA ’87) is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Professor, by courtesy, at the School of Education. A native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School (JD 1994), Banks has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1998. Prior to joining the law school, he practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers, was the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School and clerked for a federal judge, the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. (then of the Southern District of New York). Professor Banks teaches and writes about family law, employment discrimination law and race and the law. He is the author of Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone. At Stanford, he is affiliated with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and the Ethnicity, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. His writings have appeared in a wide range of popular and scholarly publications, including the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He has been interviewed and quoted by numerous print and broadcast media, including ABC News/Nightline, National Public Radio, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

Other Titles

Professor, Stanford Law School
Professor (By courtesy), Graduate School of Education
Hoover Senior Fellow (By courtesy), Hoover Institution

Program Affiliations

Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Research Interests

Diversity and Identity | Gender Issues | Legal Issues

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Recent Publications

Banks, R. R. (2007). The aftermath of Loving v. Virginia: Sex asymmetry in African american intermarriage. WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW, (2), 533–42.

Banks, R. R. (2004). Racial profiling and antiterrorism efforts. CORNELL LAW REVIEW, 89(5), 1201–17.

Banks, R. R. (2003). Beyond profiling: Race, policing, and the drug war. STANFORD LAW REVIEW, 56(3), 571–603.

Ralph Banks in the News & Media

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