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Bowen Law school welcomes Khan and Gray to faculty

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The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law welcomes Dr. Almas Khan and Dr. Tyson-Lord Gray to the faculty for fall 2021.

Dr. Almas Khan joins the faculty as an assistant professor of law. She will be teaching Research, Writing & Analysis I and II. She holds an M.A. from the University of California, Irvine, a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. Her scholarship focuses on law, literature, and citizenship studies. She researches how intellectual movements in law and letters have sparked the reimagination of U.S. citizenship since the Civil War, with a focus on African American, working-class, and women’s experiences.

Khan’s research has been published in several edited collections and in journals including the “Chicago Journal of International Law”, the “Washburn Law Journal,” and the “Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry.” Organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Legal Writing Institute have supported her scholarship. She has also presented at conferences sponsored by the American Studies Association, the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, as well as the African American Intellectual History Society.

Photo of Dr. Tyson-Lord GrayDr. Tyson-Lord (T.L.) Gray joins the faculty as a visiting assistant professor of law. He will be teaching Research, Writing & Analysis I and II. Gray will also have a scholarly affiliation with Bowen’s new Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform. He holds an M.Div. from the Morehouse University School of Religion, a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt, and a J.D. from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. His scholarship focuses on environmental law, food law, and cannabis law and policy.

His research interests are in the intersection of racial justice and environmental law and in legislation that would redress the harms caused to communities impacted by cannabis prohibition and policies that promote equity in the emerging cannabis industry. Prior to joining the Bowen faculty, Gray was a research associate at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and taught Professional Responsibility at NYU Stern School of Business. He also spent two years in practice at the Richman Law Group, where he assisted in litigation against corporations in the areas of environmental law and food law.

“We are excited to welcome both Professor Khan and Professor Gray to Bowen,” said Dean Theresa Beiner. “Their research and scholarship will add to the conversation on a variety of legal and social issues, and I believe our students will benefit greatly from their expertise.”