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Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law
Gender and Sexuality Law Blog

Executive Committee, Institute for Research on Women and Gender,
   Columbia University

Steering Committee, Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference,
   Columbia University

Affiliated Faculty, Center for Palestine Studies

Board Member, Center for Constitutional Rights

Office: Room 627, Jerome Greene Hall
(212) 854-0061
(212) 854-7946 fax

Assistant: Lauren Gutterman
(212) 854-0167

Recent Publications

Courses Taught:

Queer Theory Workshop
Gender Justice
Critical Legal Thought
Law of Occupation

Seminar in Legal Scholarship
Topics in Law and Sexuality: Gay Marriage
Feminist Theory Workshop

Gay Marriage Seminar

Federal Civil Rights Law

Feminist Legal Theory
Law & Culture
Gender and Development
Jurisprudence of Identity
Legal History Research Seminar - Reconstruction

Contemporary Legal Problems - Bayview Correctional Facility
Columbia Law Women's Association Reading Group


Guggenheim Foundation Fellow 2011-2012
Distinguished Visiting Professor
, Institute for Gender and Women Studies, American University in Cairo May 2008
Fellow, Law and Public Affairs Program, Princeton University 2007-2008


B.A., Barnard College, Philosophy, 1981 magna cum laude; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1986; LL.M., Yale Law School, 1993; J.S.D., Yale Law School 1998, Dissertation: Because of Sex.


Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law 2010 - present
Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law 2000 - 2010;
Vice Dean
, Columbia University School of Law 2002 - 2004;
Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School 1997–00;
Associate Professor of Law, University of Arizona College of Law 1995–97;
Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild 1990 - 1991;
Supervising Attorney, New York City Commission on Human Rights 1987-1990;
Founder and Director, AIDS and Employment Project, San Francisco, CA 1986-1987.


GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Editorial Board
Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Member of Advisory Board;
Law and Society Association, Member;
Society of American Law Teachers, Member;
American Society for Legal History, Member.



Dating the State: The Moral Hazards of Winning Gay Rights, 44 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 1 (2012)

The Curious Relationship of Marriage and Freedom, forthcoming in Marriage at a Crossroad (E. Scott and M. Garrison eds. Cambridge U. Press 2012)

Dignifying Rights: A Comment on Jeremy Waldron's Dignity, Rights and Responsibilities,  43 Ariz. St. L.J. 1177 (2012)

Public Sex, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Afterlife of Homophobia, in Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public (Carlos Motta & Joshua Lubin-Levy eds. 2011)

Marriage Is a Mixed Blessing, Op-Ed, New York Times, June 23, 2011

Sexual Rights and State Governance, 104 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 385 (2010)

Eve Sedgwick, Civil Rights and Perversion, 33 Harv. J. Gender & Law 313 (2009)

Longing for Loving, 76 Ford. L.Rev. 2685 (2008)

Gendered Subjects of Transitional Justice, 15 Colum. J. Gender & L. 813 (2006)

The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage Politics,15 Colum. J. Gender & L. 236 (2006)

The Domesticated Liberty of Lawrence v. Texas, 104 Colum.L.Rev. (2004)

Sexual Tensions of Post-Empire, 33 Studies in Law, Politics and Society 63 (2004)

On Discipline and Canon, 12 Colum.J. Gender & Law 639 (2003)

Taking Care, 76 Chi-Kent L.Rev. 1541 (2001)

Rosa v. Park West Bank: Do Clothes Really Make the Man?, 7 Mich.J.Gen.L. 141 (2001)

Theorizing Yes: An Essay on Feminism, Law & Desire, 101 Colum. L.Rev. 181 (2001)

The Uses of History in Struggles for Racial Justice: Colonizing the Past and Managing Memory, 47 U.C.L.A. L.Rev. 1673 (2000)

Becoming A Citizen: Post-Bellum Regulation of African American Marriage, 11 Yale J. of Law & the Humanities 251 (1999)

Putting Sex To Work,75 U.Denver L.Rev. 108 (1998)

Reprinted in, Left Legalism/Left Critique (Janet Halley and Wendy Brown eds. 2002)

Gender, Sex, Agency and Discrimination: A Reply to Professor Abrams, 83 Cornell L.Rev. 1245 (1998)

What’s Wrong With Sexual Harassment?, 49 Stan.L.Rev. 691 (1997)

Reprinted in, 13 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook (Saltzman ed. 1998)

What Does A White Woman Look Like: Racing and Erasing in Law, 74 Texas L.Rev. 1231 (1996)

Reprinted in, Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror (Delgado & Stefancic eds. 1997)

The Central Mistake of Sex Discrimination Law: The Disaggregation of Sex from Gender, 144 U.Penn.L.Rev. 1 (1995)

Cunning Stunts: From Hegemony to Desire, A Review of Madonna's Sex, 20 N.Y.U.Rev.L.Soc.Chg. 549 (1993-1994)

Women in the AIDS Epidemic: A Portrait of Unmet Needs, 9 St. Louis Public L. Rev. 519 (1990) with Arlene Zarembka

Turning Issues Upside Down: Reproductive Rights in the Era of AIDS, in AIDS: The Women (1988).


Homosexuals, Torts, and Dangerous Things, in Legal Canons (Jack Balkin and Sanford Levinson eds. forthcoming Summer 2000 New York University Press)

Homosexuals, Torts and Dangerous Things, review of William N. Eskridge, Jr., and Nan D. Hunter Sexuality and the Law, and William B. Rubenstein, Cases and Materials on Sexual Orientation and the Law, 106 Yale L. J. 2661 (1997)

Working Papers

Legal Aspects of Gender Assignment (2002)


Amicus Curiae brief submitted to U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Rosa v. Park West Bank, February 1, 2000, on behalf of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and Equal Rights Advocates 

Amicus Curiae brief submitted to U.S. Supreme Court in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc., August 11, 1997

Amicus Curiae brief submitted to U.S. Supreme Court in Pearson v. Callahan, August 13, 2008