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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Arifa Raza

Assistant Professor
Wilson-Short, 119, WSU Pullman
Curriculum Vitae





Ph.D., 2018, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside
J.D., 2015, University of California, Los Angeles
M.S., 2010, Justice Studies, Arizona State University


Arifa Raza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. She received a M.S. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University in 2010, a J.D. from UCLA in 2015 where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review, and a Ph. D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Riverside in 2018.  Dr. Raza’s research examines the criminalization and racialization of immigrants through immigration laws, focusing on humanitarian relief for victims of human trafficking and immigrant children. Her scholarship is grounded in her experience as a non-profit immigration attorney where she specialized in deportation defense and representation of detained individuals. She has practiced before the Los Angeles and El Paso immigration courts as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Dr. Raza is currently a 2022-2023 Ford Post-doctoral Fellow from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, where she is completing a book project detailing how immigration protections for migrant children reinforce border enforcement measures.

Courses Taught

Human Trafficking; Criminal Courts

Research Interests

Immigration/crimmigration; comparative race/ethnic studies; human trafficking


Raza, A. (2022). Racial Difference and White Supremacy in the Legislative Intent of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. In K. Kempadoo, and E. Shih (eds.), White Supremacy, Racism, and the Coloniality of Anti-Trafficking. Routledge.

Raza, A. (2022). Filing the Gap between the T-visa and Asylum Law: A Call to Expand the T-visa to Cover Extraterritorial Trafficking. Boston University Public Interest Law Journal vol. 31: 173-203.

Hemmens, C., Raza, A., Mellinger, H. (2022).  Recent Legal Developments: Criminal Justice Decisions of the United States Supreme Court, 2021 Term. Criminal Justice Review.

Gray, K. and Raza, A. (2012). Racism in the Colorblind Era: Examining the Mediated Responses to Arizona SB1070. Borderlines: Journal of the Latino Research Center VI (7).

Raza, A. (2011). Legacies of the Racialization of Incarceration: From Convict-Lease to the Prison Industrial Complex. The Journal on Culture and Politics of Incarceration 11(1) (Special Issue on the Culture and Politics of Incarceration Symposium).