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Johanna Kalb

Associate Dean for Administration & Special Initiatives, Edward J. Womac Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law


J.D., Yale Law School, 2006

M.A., Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 2006

B.A., Stanford University, 2000


  • College of Law
  • Law


  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Courts
  • International Law


Professor Kalb joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 2008.  Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law, federal courts, and the law of detention and democracy.  She is a co-author, with Martha F. Davis and Risa Kaufman, of Human Rights Advocacy in the United States (West Academic Publishing 2014).  Her recent scholarship appears in U.C. Irvine Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the Yale Law and Policy Review, and the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, as well as the Washington Law Review Online, the NYU Law Review Online, and the Yale Law Journal Forum.

From 2014 to 2016, Kalb served as Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School.    Professor Kalb is a fellow in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and an academic fellow of the Pounds Civil Justice Institute.

Professor Kalb is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies where she completed her M.A. in International Relations with a focus on African Studies.   While in law school, she served as Submissions Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law and as Articles Editor for the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal.  After law school, Professor Kalb served as a clerk for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Ellen Segal Huvelle of the District Court of the District of Columbia.  She is admitted to practice in the States of Mississippi and New York.

Classes Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment
  • Courts in a Federal System
  • Human Rights Advocacy 
  • Civil Procedure

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Judicial Systems, International Human Rights, and Election Law