Regina Austin


Regina Austin is the William A. Schnader Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law. In addition to courses on basic accident law and intentional torts as a response to cultural conflict, she teaches Law and Documentary Media and a seminar on visual legal advocacy that involves her students in the production of short videos about social justice issues like immigrant women’s experiences with services for victims of domestic violence, expanding recreational spaces for city kids, and the impact of urban casinos on African-American problem gambling.

Professor Austin’s research primarily deals with economic discrimination, minority legal feminism, and law-genre nonfiction films. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and University of Pennsylvania Law School (cum laude, Order of the Coif) and serves on the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and the boards of the Scribe Video Center and the Media Mobilizing Project.