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Associate Professor of Communication and African and African Diaspora Studies and Associate Professor of Law (By Courtesy), Boston College

Anjali Vats is interested in issues related to race, law, rhetoric, and popular culture, with particular focus on intellectual property law. Her book, The Color of Creatorship: Intellectual Property, Race and the Making of Americans (Stanford University Press, 2020), examines the relationship between copyright, patent, and trademark law and race. Vats has published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication, Culture & Critique, and the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.

In 2016-2017, as an American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellow, Vats taught at UC Davis School of Law. She was previously a faculty member in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University and Affiliate Faculty Member in the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Maurer School of Law. She also served as law clerk now retired Chief Justice A. William Maupin of the Supreme Court of Nevada.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Communication, Boston College