Justin B. Richland


University of California - Irvine
3151 Social Sciences Plaza - Department of Anthropology
Irvine , CA
United States


Associate Professor of Anthropology (UCI) and Faculty Fellow (ABF)


Justin Richland studies Native American law and politics in the contemporary moment, both within tribal nations and in the relations between tribal nations and the United States. He currently serves as Associate Justice of the Hopi Appellate Court, the highest court of the Hopi Tribal Nation. His publications have appeared in several leading peer-reviewed outlets, including most recently in American Ethnologist, Law and Social Inquiry, and the Annual Review of Anthropology, Law and Social Inquiry. He has authored two books, Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court (U. Chicago Press, 2008) and Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies (with Sarah Deer), 3rd Edition, (Alta Mira Press, 2015). In addition to his scholarship and advocacy, he also co-curated an exhibition of the art of Rhonda Holy Bear and Chris Pappan, two contemporary Native American artists, which opened at the Field Museum of Chicago in November 2016. He was named a J.S. Guggenheim Fellow in April 2016.

Richland earned his J.D. at UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. at UCLA.