Jasmine Gonzales Rose

Associate Professor of Law


Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose is a critical proceduralist and is particularly interested in the intersections of race and language with two areas: juries and Evidence law. She is the nation’s leading expert on juror language disenfranchisement and juror language accommodation. Her scholarship has or will soon appear in journals including the Minnesota Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review (invited). Due to her scholarly commitment to racial justice, she was selected as an inaugural Derrick A. Bell Fund for Excellence Scholar in 2014 and again received the award in 2015.

Professor Gonzales Rose teaches courses in Race and the Law, Evidence, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure (both the first year course and Complex Litigation with an emphasis on social change), and Race and the Law. She has twice, in 2014 and 2017, received Pitt Law’s Distinguished Public Interest Professor Award. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Law School’s Robert T. Harper Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Gonzales Rose is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-In-Chief of the Harvard Latino Law Review and a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. After law school, she clerked for Judge Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Héctor M. Laffitte of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. She has also worked for a variety of non-profit and governmental organizations on issues of civil and human rights. Currently she serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Greater Pittsburgh and the Abolitionist Law Center. She is also the Chair of the University of Pittsburgh's Center on Race and Social Problems’ Criminal Justice Research Advisory Panel.

Key/Recent Publications


  • Racial Character Evidence in Police Killing Cases, 2018 Wisc. L. Rev. 369 (2018).
  • Color-Blind but not Color-Deaf: Accent Discrimination in Jury Selection, (work-in-progress).
  • Toward a Critical Race Theory of Evidence, 101 Minn. L. Rev. 2243 (June 2017).
  • Race Inequity Fifty Years Later: Language Rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 6 Alb. C.R. & C.L. L. Rev. 167 (2014) (invited; symposium on 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964).
  • Introduction, Challenging Authority: A Symposium in Honor of Derrick Bell, 75 Pitt. L. Rev. 429 (2014).
  • Juror Language Disenfranchisement: A Call for Constitutional Remediation, 65 Hastings L.J. 811 (2014).
  • The Exclusion of Non-English-Speaking Jurors: Remedying a Century of Denial of the Sixth Amendment in the Federal Courts of Puerto Rico, 46 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 497 (Summer 2011).