Lisa C. Ikemoto, J.D., LL.M.

Lisa Ikemoto

Position Title
Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law

University of California-Davis School of Law


Lisa Ikemoto is a legal scholar whose work is grounded in her community commitments.  Her primary research areas include reproductive and genetic technology issues and health care disparities.  She uses critical race feminism and interdisciplinary approaches to surface the ways in which race, gender, immigration status and class shape technology use and health care delivery.  She has written about court-ordered cesareans, involuntary sterilization, effects of Catholic – non-Catholic hospital mergers on women’s health care, race and gender disparities in health care, the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s exclusion of abortion coverage on women of color, the fertility market’s dependence on inequality, CRISPR genetic modification technology, and emerging markets in human cells and tissues.  Within the academy, she has worked on a number of diversity initiatives at the Association of American Law Schools, Society of American Law Teachers, and Law School Admissions Council.  Her broader community commitments as advisor or board member include Center for Genetics and Society, Forward Together, Guttmacher Institute, If/When/How, and ProChoice Alliance for Responsible Research.