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Allison Brownell Tirres

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives; Associate Professor of Law
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  • Full-time
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  • (312) 362-8116
  • 806 Lewis Center

Professor Tirres joined the College of Law faculty in 2007. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College from 2014 to 2017. In 2018 she was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She received her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and 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 American 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 civil rights 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 and has served as a peer reviewer for numerous journals and publishers, including Law & Social Inquiry and Oxford University Press. She is an Affiliated Scholar of the History Department at DePaul.


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

Areas of Expertise

  • Immigration and Citizenship Law
  • Legal History

Courses Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • Immigration Law & Policy
  • Property Law
  • Seminar: The Law of Citizenship
  • State and Local Government Law

Selected Works