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Stella Burch Elias

Stella Elias
Professor of 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, and immigration 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.  

In 2013 Professor Elias founded the College of Law’s Advanced Immigration Law and Policy Project, which enables law students to work on innovative legal policy projects for organizational clients in Iowa.  In 2015 she was awarded the James N. Murray Faculty Award, a University-wide award given each year to a tenure-track faculty member 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