Andrea Freeman

Professor of Law

Professor Freeman

B.A., History, University of Toronto, 1991

J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Member, California State Bar


Andrea Freeman writes and researches at the cutting-edge 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 food law and policy, influenced by corporate interests, disproportionately harms marginalized communities. She is the author of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice (Stanford University Press 2019) and Ruin Their Crops on the Ground (forthcoming from Henry Holt in 2024) and the recipient of the 2020-21 Fulbright King's College London US Scholar Award to study food inequality in the UK.

Professor Freeman teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Race and Law, Food Law and Policy, and Comparative Social Justice and Constitutional Law. She previously taught at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, where she was a Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar. She has visited at the UC Berkeley School of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, and California Western School of Law, and served as a Distinguished Scholar of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School.

"Law is not abstract theory, it is a tool to change people's lives for the better and make a positive impact on the world."

An active community member, Professor Freeman has served on the Litigation Committee of the ACLU Hawai'i chapter for 10 years. She was Chair of the AALS Constitutional Law section in 2022-23 and is Past Chair 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 Research and the Law and a Founding Member of the Academy of Food Law and Policy. In 2015, she received the Community Faculty of the Year award from Richardson's Advocates for Public Interest Law.

After graduating from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Professor Freeman 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.