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Stella Burch Elias

Stella Elias
Professor and Chancellor William Gardiner Hammond Fellow in Law

Stella Burch Elias joined the Iowa Law faculty in 2012, after a two-year appointment as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She teaches civil procedure, foundations of international law, immigration law, and comparative law, and directs Iowa’s London Law Program.  Her research involves public international and comparative law, with a focus on United States and foreign immigration and nationality laws.

Professor Elias was voted Professor of the Year by the law school student body for 2017-18. In 2016-17, she was nominated by the College of Law faculty and students for the University of Iowa’s campus-wide President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.  In 2014-2015 she received the James N. Murray Faculty Award, given each year to one tenure-track faculty member at the University of Iowa, in recognition of outstanding teaching and assistance to students, exceptional research and writing, and dedicated service to the University and the surrounding community.

Prior to law school, Professor Elias served as a diplomat in the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Following law school, she clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She is an active member of the Iowa Bar.


BA, Oxford University

MA, Oxford University

JD, Yale Law School