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Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, Author of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice, University of Hawaii

Andrea Freeman is the author of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice. She writes and researches at the intersection of critical race theory and food policy, health, and consumer credit. Much of her work explores her pioneering theory of food oppression, which examines how facially neutral food-related law and policy, influenced by corporate interests, disproportionately harm marginalized communities. She also studies the effects of racism by credit card companies against consumers. She is the recipient of the 2020-21 Fulbright King's College London US Scholar Award.

Professor Freeman teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Race and Law, Food Law and Policy, and Comparative Social Justice and Constitutional Law. In Spring 2017, she visited at UC Berkeley School of Law. In Summer 2018, she was the Distinguished Scholar of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School. In 2018-19, she visited at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Before joining the faculty at Richardson in Fall 2013, she taught at Santa Clara University School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, and California Western School of Law.

An active community member, Professor Freeman serves on the Litigation Committee of the ACLU Hawai'i chapter. She volunteers with the Kokua Hawaii Foundation teaching Aina in the Schools, makes legal presentations to the Hawaii Judiciary History Center and Hawaii State Judiciary, and writes op eds on topics including Hawaiian sovereignty and race and health. In 2015, she received the Community Faculty of the Year award from Richardson's Advocates for Public Interest Law. Professor Freeman is the Secretary of the AALS Section on Constitutional Law and a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Agriculture and Food Law. She is co-chair of the Law and Society Collaborative Research Network for Critical Race and the Law and a Founding Member of the Academy of Food Law and Policy.

After graduating from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, she clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and former chief Judge José A. Fusté of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Before law school, she worked in Toronto as a counselor for women and children who experienced domestic violence and in New York as a production manager in the independent film industry.


  • 2017–2020
    Associate Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law


2020-21 Fulbright King's College London Research Scholar Award