Rick Su

Professor of Law

(919) 843-9208
5092 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Federalism
  • Immigration Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Property Law and Real Estate
  • State and Local Government Law


Rick Su is a Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of local government law, immigration, and federalism. His research focuses on the intersection between cities and immigration. His work has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, and the North Carolina Law Review.

Su received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2001 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004. After graduating from law school, he clerked for The Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to joining the Carolina Law faculty in 2019, Su taught at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he won the faculty teaching award in 2009 and 2015. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in 2015 and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2018.


  • J.D. (Magna Cum Laude), Harvard University (2004)
  • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), English; Asian & Middle-Eastern Languages and Lit., Dartmouth College (2001)

Selected Publications

Disbanding Police Agencies (with A. O'Rourke and G. Binder), 121 COLUM. L. REV. 1327 (2021).

Democracy in Rural America, 98 N.C. L. REV. 837 (2020).
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The First Anti-Sanctuary Law: Proposition 187 and the Transformation of Immigration Enforcement, 53 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1983 (2020).
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Anti-Sanctuary and Immigration Localism (with P. Gulasekaram & R. Cuison Villazor), 119 COLUM. L. REV. 837 (2019).
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Have Cities Abandoned Home Rule?, 44 FORDHAM URB. L. J. 181 (2017).
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Intrastate Federalism, 19 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 191 (2016).
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The States of Immigration, 54 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1339 (2013).
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Urban Politics and the Assimilation of Immigrant Voters, 21 WM. & MARY BILL RTS. J. 653 (2012).
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Local Fragmentation as Immigration Regulation, 47 HOUS. L. REV. 367 (2010) (Excerpted in GERALD E. FRUG ET AL., LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS 854 (5th ed. 2010)).
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A Localist Reading of Local Immigration Regulations, 86 N.C. L. REV. 1619 (2008), excerpted in GERALD E.FRUG ET AL., LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW:CASES AND MATERIALS 840(5thed. 2010). Republished in 29 IMMIGR. & NAT'LITY L.REV. 741 (2008).
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