Robert Koulish

Robert Koulish

Program Director; Justice and Legal Thought


Robert Koulish is the director of MLaw Programs, administered through the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. MLaw is a collaboration between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, driven by MPower. Koulish is a Joel J. Feller Research Professor in government and politics and lecturer at law at the UMD Carey School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on immigration law and policy. He is the founding director of Justice and Legal Thought, which was launched in 2014.

Koulish earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin. He has traveled and conducted research in Central Europe and along the U.S. Mexico border, investigating human rights abuses, refugees, and patterns and practices of social control within legal institutions. Koulish is married and has three children: Valentina (13), Olivia (11) and Julian (9), with whom he enjoys sailing, swimming, fishing, and exploring new family ties in Colombia.