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Alison Tirres

Professor Tirres joined the College of Law faculty in 2007. She received a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1996 and then studied for a year in Mexico City at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. In 2004, Professor Tirres received her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor and treasurer of the Harvard Law Review. In 2008, she received a PhD in history from Harvard University. She was the first Cleary, Gottlieb, Hamilton & Steen fellow at the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinic of Greater Boston Legal Services. Professor Tirres also worked for the Immigration Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas and for the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell in Memphis, Tennessee. Professor Tirres' research and publications focus on immigration, citizenship and property law in both historical and contemporary perspectives. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Legal History, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal and the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, among others. In 2011, she was invited by the U.S. State Department to travel to Greece to serve as an expert speaker on issues of immigration law, policy and history. She is a contributing editor of the online legal scholarship journal Jotwell, a guest blogger for the Legal History Blog, and a reviewer for the journal Law & Social Inquiry.


BA, Princeton University; MA (History), JD and PhD (History), Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

Immigration Law

Courses Taught

  • Property
  • Legal History
  • Immigration Law & Policy