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 is a national and international expert on the intersections between critical race theory and food policy, health, and consumer credit. She is the author of Ruin Their Crops on the Ground: The Politics of Food in the United States, from the Trail of Tears to School Lunch (Metropolitan 2024) and Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice (Stanford University Press 2019), in addition to book chapters, law review articles, and op-eds. Skimmed is currently in development for a documentary with Topic Pictures. Her work has been featured in publications including the Washington Post, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Huffington Post, USA Today, The Root, Yahoo! News, The Atlantic, NPR Shots Blog, Pacific Standard, The Conversation, Medium, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and National Library of Medicine, and she has done interviews with news outlets and programs including CBS News, PBS News Hour, The Takeaway, Here & Now, Point of Origin, Newstalk Irish National Radio, Heritage Radio Network, The Electorette, Hawaii Public Radio. She studied food inequality in the UK as the 2020-21 Fulbright King's College London U.S. Scholar. 

"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."

Professor Freeman teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Race, Culture, and Law in the U.S. and the UK, 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.

An active community member, Professor Freeman has served on the ACLU Hawai'i Litigation Committee, Chair of the AALS Constitutional Law and Agriculture and Food Law sections, 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 and received the 2015 Community Faculty of the Year award from Richardson's Advocates for Public Interest Law.

After graduating from UC 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.