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Curriculum Vitae


Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
(203) 432-6791


Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Subjects: Antidiscrimination Law; Constitutional Law; Democratic Constitutionalism; Equality, Citizenship, and Sovereignty, Transnationally; Law and Social Movements; The Politics of Method—Law & Economics and Originalism

Deputy Dean of Intellectual Life, Yale Law School, 2007-09
Felix Frankfurter Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School, 2006
Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, 2001-02
Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 1998-99
Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School, 1993-94

Professor of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, 1994; Acting Professor of Law, 1988-94
Law Clerk to Honorable Spottswood W. Robinson, III, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1986-87


Yale Law School, J.D.
Yale University, M.Phil. in American Studies
Yale College, B.A.

Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Honorary Fellow, American Society for Legal History


Board, American Constitution Society
Chair, Faculty Bd., Yale Chapter, American Constitution Society
Member, General Council, International Society of Public Law
Board, Harvard Law & Policy Review (ACS Journal), 2007-
Professional Development Committee, American Association of Law Schools, 2009-11
John Phillip Reid Book Award Committee, American Society for Legal History, 2009-11
Board, American Society for Legal History, 2005-07
Steering Committee, Women’s Faculty Forum, Yale University
Board, Center for Worklife Law, 2007-
Board, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, 1994-
Editor, SSRN, Law & Humanities, Legal History, Yale Public Law & Legal Theory


PROCESSES OF CONSTITUTIONAL DECISIONMAKING, with Brest, Levinson, Balkin & Amar (Aspen Publications, 6th ed., 2014)


THE CONSTITUTION IN 2020, co-edited with Jack Balkin (Oxford University Press 2009), including our essay on Remembering How to Do Equality and an essay co-authored with Robert Post on Democratic Constitutionalism

DIRECTIONS IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAW, co-edited with Catharine A. MacKinnon (Yale University Press, 2004). Collection of 40 essays, including my introductory essay, A Short History of Sexual Harassment


Casey and the Clinic Closings: When “Protecting Health” Is an Undue Burden, 125 Yale L.J. (forthcoming 2016) (with Linda Greenhouse)

Conscience and the Culture Wars, American Prospect, Summer 2015 (with Doug NeJaime)

Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics, 124 Yale L.J. 2516 (2015) (with Doug NeJaime)

Compelling Interests and Contraception, 47 Conn. L. Rev. 1026 (May 2015) (with Neil Siegel)

Contraception as a Sex Equality Right, 124 Yale L.J. F. (2015) (with Neil Siegel)

How Conflict Entrenched the Right to Privacy, 124 Yale L.J. F. (2015)

Meador Lecture: Race-Conscious but Race-Neutral: The Constitutionality of Disparate Impact in the Roberts Court, 66 Ala. L. Rev. 663 (2015)

Harris Lecture: Abortion and the “Woman Question”: Forty Years of Debate, 89 Ind. L.J. 1365 (2014)

Dignity and the Duty to Protect Unborn Life in UNDERSTANDING HUMAN DIGNITY (Christopher McCrudden ed., 2014)

The Supreme Court, 2012 Term -- Foreword: Equality Divided, 127 Harv. L. Rev. 1 (2013)

Equality Arguments for Abortion Rights, 60 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 160 (2013) (with Neil Siegel)

Backlash to the Future? From Roe to Perry, 60 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. Disc. 240 (2013) (with Linda Greenhouse)

Equality's Frontiers: How Congress's Section 5 Power Can Secure Transformative Equality (as Justice Ginsburg Illustrates in Coleman), 122 YaleL.J. Online 267 (2013),

Equality and Choice: Sex Equality Perspectives on Reproductive Rights in the Work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 25 Colum. J. Gender & L. 63 (2013).

The Constitutionalization of Abortion
, in Michel Rosenfeld and Andras Sajo, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law 1057 (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012), reprinted in Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies (Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna Erdman, and Bernard H. Dickens 2014).

Dignity and Sexuality: Claims on Dignity in Transnational Debates Over Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage, 10 Intl. J. Con. L. 335 (2012).

Before (and After) Roe v. Wade: New Questions About Backlash, 120 YALE L.J.2028 (2011) (with Linda Greenhouse)

From Colorblindness to Antibalkanization: An Emerging Ground of Decision in Race Equality Cases, 120 YALE L.J. 1278 (2011)

Roe’s Roots: The Women’s Rights Claims that Engendered Roe, 90 B. U. L. Rev. 1875 (2010)

Struck By Stereotype: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Pregnancy Discrimination as Sex Discrimination, 59 Duke L.J. 771 (2010) (with Neil Siegel), reprinted in The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Scott Dodson ed. 2015)

Pregnancy and Sex-Role Stereotyping, From Struck to Carhart, 70 Ohio St. L.J. 1095 (2009) (with Neil Siegel)

Dignity and Reproductive Rights. SELA (The Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política – the Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory), June 2009 (Asunción, Paraguay)

Heller and Originalism's Dead Hand - In Theory and Practice, 56 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 1399-1424 (2009)

Introduction: The Constitutional Law and Politics of Reproductive Rights, 118 Yale L.J. 1312-17 (2009)

Dead or Alive: Originalism as Popular Constitutionalism in Heller, 122 Harv. L. Rev. 191 (2008), reprinted in THE SECOND AMENDMENT ON TRIAL: CRITICAL ESSAYS ON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA V. HELLER (Saul Cornell & Nathan Kozuskanich eds. 2013)

Dignity and the Politics of Protection: Abortion Restrictions Under Casey/Carhart, 117 Yale L.J. 1694-1800 (2008)

2007 Brainerd Currie Lecture. The Right's Reasons: Constitutional Conflict and the Spread of Woman-Protective Antiabortion Argument, 57 Duke L.J. 1641 (2008)

Roe Rage: Backlash and Democratic Constitutionalism, 42 Harv.C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 373 (2007) (co-authored with Robert Post)

Sex Equality Arguments for Reproductive Rights: Their Critical Basis and Evolving Constitutional Expression, 56 Emory L. J. 815-42 (2007)

2006 Baum Lecture. The New Politics of Abortion: An Equality Analysis of Woman-Protective Abortion Restrictions, 2007 U. Ill. Law Rev 991-1053 (2007)

Originalism As a Political Practice: The Right’s Living Constitution, 75 Ford. L. Rev. 546-74 (2006) (co-authored with Robert Post)

2005-06 Brennan Center Symposium Lecture, Constitutional Culture, Social Movement Conflict and Constitutional Change: The Case of the de facto ERA, 94 Cal. L. Rev 1323-1419 (2006)

Democratic Constitutionalism: A Reply to Professor Barron, 1 Harv. L. & Pol’y Rev.(Online) (Sept. 18, 2006), (co-authored with Robert Post)

“You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby”: Rehnquist’s New Approach to Pregnancy Discrimination in Hibbs, 58 Stan. L. Rev. 1871-98 (2006)

Principles, Practices, and Social Movements, 154 U.Penn. L. Rev. 927-50 (2006) (co-authored with Jack Balkin)

Questioning Justice: Law and Politics in Judicial Confirmation Hearings, Yale Law Journal (The Pocket Part), Jan. 2006, (co-authored with Robert Post)

Roe as Sex Equality Opinion in What Roe Should Have Said (J.M. Balkin ed. NYU Press 2005)

The Jurisgenerative Role of Social Movements in U.S.Constitutional Law (for publication with the papers of the Seminario en Latino América de Teoria Constitucional y Politica (SELA), June 10-12, 2004, Oaxaca, México)

Popular Constitutionalism, Departmentalism, and Judicial Supremacy, 92 Calif. L. Rev. 1027-43 (2004) (co-authored with Robert Post)

Gender and the United States Constitution: Equal Protection, Privacy, and Federalism, in Constituting Women: Comparative Perspectives (eds. Ruth Rubio-Marin & Beverley Baines, Cambridge Press 2004)

Equality Talk: Antisubordination and Anticlassification Values in Constitutional Struggles Over Brown, 117 Harv. L. Rev. 1470-1547 (2004)

The American Civil Rights Tradition-- Anticlassification or Antisubordination?, in Issues in Legal Scholarship, The Origins and Fate of Antisubordination Theory: A Symposium on Owen Fiss's "Groups and the Equal Protection Clause," Vol. 2 BePress 2003) (, reprinted in 58 U. Miami L. Rev 9-33 (2004) (co-authored with Jack M. Balkin)

Legislative Constitutionalism and Section Five Power: Policentric Interpretation of the Family and Medical Leave Act, 112 Yale L.J.1943-2059 (2003) (co-authored with Robert Post)

Protecting the Constitution from the People: Juricentric Restrictions on Section Five Power, 78 Ind. L.J. 1-45 (2003) (co-authored with Robert Post).

She the People: The Nineteenth Amendment, Sex Equality, Federalism, and the Family, 115 Harv. L. Rev. 947-1046 (2002)

Text in Contest: Gender and the Constitution from a Social Movement Perspective, 150 U. Penn. L. Rev. 297-351 (2001)

Equal Protection By Law: Federal Antidiscrimination Legislation After Morrison and Kimel, 110 Yale L.J. 441-526 ( 2000) (co-authored with Robert Post)

Discrimination in the Eyes of the Law: How “Color Blindness” Discourse Disrupts and Rationalizes Social Stratification, 88 Calif. L. Rev. 77-118 (2000), reprinted in Prejudicial Appearances (Duke Press 2001)

Collective Memory and the Nineteenth Amendment: Reasoning About “the Woman Question” in the Discourse of Sex Discrimination in History, Memory, and the Law (Austin Sarat & Thomas R. Kearnes eds. 1999)

The Racial Rhetorics of Colorblind Constitutionalism: The Case of Hopwood v. Texas in Race and Representation: Affirmative Action (Robert Post & Michael Rogin eds.1998)

Valuing Housework: Nineteenth-Century Anxieties about the Commodification of Domestic Labor, in Special Issue: Changing Forms of Payment, 41 American Behavioral Scientist 1437-51 (1998)

Civil Rights Reform in Historical Perspective: Regulating Marital Violence in Redefining Equality (Neil Devins & David Douglas eds.1998)

Why Equal Protection No Longer Protects: The Evolving Forms of Status-Enforcing State Action, 49 Stan. L. Rev.1111-1148 (1997)

“The Rule of Love”: Wife Beating as Prerogative and Privacy, 105 Yale L.J. 2117-2206 (1996)

In the Eyes of the Law: Reflections on the Authority of Legal Discourse in Law’s Stories: Narrative and Rhetoric in the Law (Peter Brooks & Paul Gewirtz eds., 1996)

Modernizing Wife Beating in Yale Law Report (Fall 1996)

Abortion in A Companion to American Thought (R. Fox & J. Kloppenberg eds., 1995)

Abortion As a Sex Equality Right: Its Basis in Feminist Theory in Mothers in Law: Feminist Theory and the Legal Regulation of Motherhood (Martha Fineman & Isabel Karpin eds., 1995)

The Modernization of Marital Status Law: Adjudicating Wives' Rights to Earnings, 1860 - 1930, 82 Geo. L.J. 2127-2211 (1995)

Home As Work: The First Woman's Rights Claims Concerning Wives' Household Labor, 1850 - 1880, 103 Yale L.J. 1073-1217 (1994)

Reasoning From the Body: An Historical Perspective on Abortion Regulation and Questions of Equal Protection, 44 Stan. L. Rev. 261-381 (1992)

Book Review, 3 Berkeley Women's L.J. 171 (1988) (reviewing S. Lehrer, Origins of Protective Labor Legislation for Women, 1905 - 1915 (1987))

Employment Equality Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment of 1978, 94 Yale L.J. 929 (1985)

Reva Siegel