Yxta Maya Murray
Professor of Law
William M. Rains Fellow
- Criminal Law
- Property Law (as of Fall 2019)
- Women and the Law
- Law and Literature
- Sexual Orientation and the Law
- BA, UCLA, English, 1989, cum laude
- J.D., Stanford Law School, 1993, cum laude
After law school, Yxta Murray clerked for the Honorable Harry Hupp in the Central District of California and then for the Honorable Ferdinand Fernandez of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena. She joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 1995.
Professor Murray writes about Community Constitutionalism, Criminal Law, Property Law, Gender Justice, and Law and Literature. She also writes about the relationship between law and visual, conceptual, and performance art. She has published law review articles in the California Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law, The Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and has a work on Boyle Heights, the 5th Amendment, and gentrification forthcoming from the N.Y.U Journal of Law & Social Change. Her most recent work concerns FEMA's failures in Puerto Rico.
Professor Murray is also a novelist and an art critic. She has published six books and won a 1999 Whiting Writer's Award. Recent writings are out or forthcoming from Artillery Magazine, Aperture, Guernica, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Santa Monica Review, The Cincinnati Review, Joyland, and other magazines.