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Susan S. Kuo

Title: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law & Class of 1969 Chair for Teaching Excellence
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-3597

1525 Senate Street
Room 332
Columbia, SC 29208


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Susan S. Kuo


Susan Kuo is a Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and an affiliated researcher with the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. Her research focuses on disaster law and policy and has been published in law reviews including the Boston College Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, and the U.C. Davis Law Review. She teaches or has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, Conflict of Laws, Civil Procedure, Law and Social Justice, and Race and the Law.

In 2014, Professor Kuo received the University of South Carolina Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Award. She also received the 2014 Social Justice Award given by the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. At the law school, Professor Kuo was recognized as Best Classroom Teacher in 2014 and received the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Publication Award. In 2008 and 2010, Professor Kuo was voted Outstanding Faculty Member by the student body. In 2013, she was selected for inclusion in a study of “Best Law Teachers” along with 25 other law professors nationwide. The results of this study appear in the book, What the Best Law Teachers Do, published by the Harvard University Press.

Professor Kuo served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Alabama School of Law during Fall 2011 and at the University of Iowa College of Law during Spring 2011. Previously, Professor Kuo was an Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law where she was voted Professor of the Year in 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2006. She also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law. Before entering academia, Professor Kuo was a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia. She also completed two federal judicial clerkships, one with Judge Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the other with Judge Robert H. Hall of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.


  • Criminal Law (LAWS 524)
  • Criminal Procedure (LAWS 547)
  • Conflict of Laws (LAWS 763)
  • Law & Social Justice Seminar (LAWS 841)


  • The Political Economy of Corporate Exit, 71 VAND. L. REV. 1293 (2018) (with Benjamin Means).
  • The Uneasy Case for Disaster Buyouts in CLIMATE DISASTER LAW: BARRIERS AND OPPORTUNITIES (Rosemary Lyster & Robert R.M. Verchick, eds. 2018) (Edward Elgar) (book chapter).
  • Collective Coercion, 57 B.C. L. REV. 1599 (2016) (with Benjamin Means).
  • After the Storm: The Vulnerability and Resilience of Locally Owned Business in VULNERABILITY: REFLECTIONS ON A NEW ETHICAL FOUNDATION FOR LAW AND POLITICS (Martha Albertson Fineman & Anna Grear, eds. 2013) (Ashgate) (book chapter) (with Benjamin Means).
  • Disaster Tradeoffs: The Doubtful Case for Public Necessity, 54 B.C. L. REV. 127 (2013). 2
  • Chapter 8: Social Justice Implications of Internment Redress in ERIC K. YAMAMOTO ET AL., RACE, RIGHTS AND REPARATION: LAW AND THE JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT (2d ed. 2013) (Aspen Law & Business) (contributing editor).
  • “Not Only Injurious to Individuals, but Dangerous to the State”: A Theory of Disaster Crime, DISASTERS, HAZARDS, AND LAW (Mathieu Deflem, ed. 2012) (Emerald) (part of Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance series) (book chapter).
  • Corporate Social Responsibility After Disaster, 89 WASH. U. L. REV. 973 (2012) (with Benjamin Means).
  • Engaging the Legal Academy in Disaster Response, 10 SEATTLE J. FOR SOC. JUST. 211 (2011) (with Davida Finger, Laila Hlass, Anne Hornsby, and Rachel Van Cleave).
  • Preserving Public Peace, Protecting Private Property, THE PUBLIC NATURE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY (Michael Diamond & Robin Malloy, eds. 2011) (Ashgate) (book chapter).
  • Speaking in Tongues: Mandating Multilingual Disaster Warnings in the Public Interest, 14 WASH. & LEE J. C.R. & SOC. JUST. 3 (2007) (lead article for symposium issue on Race and Class in the 21st Century: Through the Lens of Hurricane Katrina).
  • In Prosecutors We Trust: UK Lessons for the Illinois Disclosure Rule (co-authored with Dr. Chris Taylor at Bradford University, UK), 38 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 695 (2007) (lead article for Illinois Judicial Symposium).
  • Official Indiscretions: Considering Sex Bargains with Government Informants, 38 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1643 (2005).
  • Culture Clash: Teaching Cultural Defenses in the Criminal Law Classroom, 48 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 1297 (2004) (invited article for symposium issue on teaching criminal law).
  • Bringing in the State: Toward a Constitutional Duty to Protect from Mob Violence, 79 IND. L.J. 177 (2004).

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