Guadalupe T. Luna

Title: Professor Emeritus
Office Location: Swen Parson 270
Office Phone: 815-753-1068
Education: B.A., University of Minnesota
J.D., University of Minnesota

Guadalupe Luna's primary areas of teaching are Property Law, Agricultural Law, and Jurisprudence. Before joining the faculty at Northern Illinois University, she practiced in the litigation area for four years in San Antonio, Texas, and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Theodore McMillian, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. While in law school, she was editor-in-chief on the Law and Inequality Journal.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Property
  • Voting Rights
  • Remedies


  • Future of Latinos Roundtable, Midwest Regional Roundtable, American Bar Foundation, Chicago, Illinois,  June 6-7, 2016.
  • Agricultural Sustainability and Farmworkers, University of Wisconsin Law Review Symposium, Sustainability in the Era of Food Safety: Reaching a More Integrated Approach, Madison, Wisconsin, October 31, 2013.
  • United States v. Eloisa Tamez, Borderlands and Latino Studies Seminar, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 2011.
  • Presenter, "U.S.-Mexico Border Fences and A Land Grant," Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 2011.
  • Presenter, The Purepécha and Agricultural Law, Food, Law and Value Panel, 2010 AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 8, 2010.
  • Contributor, Agricultural Law Blog
  • Contributor, Nuestras Voces Latinas Blog


Books and Chapters

  • Global Migrants in the Manner of Local Shelter: Anti-Immigrant Backlash Hits Home in Global Connections, in Local Receptions, New Latino Immigration to the Southeastern United States, University of Tennessee Press (ed. Fran Ansley and Jon Shefner 2009) (book chapter with Professor Fran Ansley).
  • The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Dred Scott v. Sandford: Aren’t They All Illegal Anyway?, in Race In 21st Century America (Curtis Stokes, Theresa Melendez & Genice Rhodes-Reed eds., 2001).
  •  United States v. Sandoval, 167 U.S. 278 (1891); The Civil Rights Act of 1964; Mexican Customary Law and Land Grants, in The Encyclopedia of Latina/O Politics and Social Movement, Oxford University Press (2011).


  • LatCrit Praxis: Arce v. Huppenthal, 10 Charleston L. Rev. 277 (2016).
  • “Unsavory Associations:” Placing Migrant Children in Harm's Way: The Withdrawal of Child Labor Rules From the Fair Labor Standards Act, 16 Scholar 333 (2013).
  • “Facts Are Stubborn Things:” Irregular Housing in the Texas Colonias, 28 Wis. J. L. Gender & Soc’y 121 (2013).
  • United States v. Duroville, Agricultural Law Housing Constructions, 9 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 397 (2012).
  • Outsider Jurisprudence and Transformative Directions, Am. U. J. Gender Race & L. (2010).
  • Chicanas, Chicanos and “Food Glorious Food,” 28 Chicana/o-Latina/o L. Rev. 43 (2009).
  • "Women in Blue Jeans:” Connecting the Past with Geographic Transformations in the Present, 23 Wis. J.L. Gender & Soc'y 313 (2008). 
  • Farmer Operations of Color and Food Based Coalitions, 20 St. Thomas L. Rev. 580 (2008).
  • Cultural, Ethnic, and Religious Fragmentation, 20 St. Thomas L. Rev. 622 (2008).
  • Chasing Treaty Promises, 18 Berkeley La Raza L.J. 105 (2007).
  • Immigrants, Cops and Slumlords in the Midwest, S. Ill. U. L.J. (2005).
  • Land, Labor and Reparations, 52 Clev. St. L. Rev. 265 (2005).
  • Kulturkampf Revelations, Racial Identities and Colonizing Structures, 35 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1191 (2005).
  • Legal Realism and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: A Fractionalized Legal Template, 2005 Wis. L. Rev. 519 (2005).
  • The New Deal and Food Insecurity in the "Midst of Plenty," 9 Drake J. Agric. L. 213 (2004).
  • LatCrit VI, America Latina and Jurisprudential Associations, 54 Rutgers L. Rev. 803 (2002).
  • ”La Causa Chicana” and Communicative Praxis, 78 Denv. U. L. Rev. 553 (2001).
  • Chicanas/os, “Liberty” and Roger B. Taney, 12 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 33 (2000).
  • Gold, Souls, and Wandering Clerics: California Missions, Native Californians, and LatCrit Theory, 33 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 921 (2000).
  • ”This Land Belongs To Me:” Chicanas, Land Grant Adjudication, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 3 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 115 (2000).
  • On the Complexities of Race: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Dred Scott v. Sandford, 53 U. Miami L. Rev. 691 (1999).
  • Chicana/Chicano Land Tenure in the Agrarian Domain: On the Edge of a “Naked Knife,” 4 Mich. J. Race & L. 39 (1998).
  • An Infinite Distance?: Exceptionalism and Agricultural Labor, 1 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 487 (1998).
  • ”Zoo Island:” LatCrit Theory, "Don Pepe" and Senora Peralta, 19 Chicano-Latino L. Rev. 339 (1998).
  • En El Nombre De Dios Todo-Poderoso: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Narrativos Legales, 5 Sw. J. L. & Trade Am. 45 (1998).
  • On Holding the Line and Retrogressive Zeitgeist: A Tribute to Judge Theodore McMillian, 52 Wash. U. J. Urb. & Contemp. L. 59 (1997).
  • The Legal Context of Agricultural Workers, Working Paper 37, Julian Samora Research Ctr., Mich. St. U. (1997).
  • ”Agricultural Underdogs” and International Agreements: The Legal Context of Agricultural Workers Within the Rural Economy, 26 N.M. L. Rev. 9 (1996).
  • Foreword: Changing Structures and Expectations in Agriculture, 14 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 609 (1994).
  • Inter-State Accountability for Violations of Human Rights, 16 Houst. J. Int'l L. 403 (1993).