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Sophia Z. Lee

Professor of Law and History; Deputy Dean

Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee is a legal historian whose scholarship synthesizes labor, constitutional, and administrative law. She has written about administrative agencies’ role in shaping constitutional law; civil rights and labor advocates’ challenges to workplace discrimination during the early Cold War; and conservative legal movements in the post-New Deal era. Continue reading…

Expertise

  • American Legal History
  • Administrative Law
  • Employment Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Labor Law
  • Legal History

Books

THE WORKPLACE CONSTITUTION FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE NEW RIGHT (Cambridge University Press 2014).
[Available Here]

Articles and Book Chapters

A Signal or a Silo?: Title VII’s Unexpected Hegemony, in A NATION OF WIDENING OPPORTUNITIES: THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AT FIFTY (Ellen Katz & Samuel Bagenstos eds., 2014). (forthcoming 2014)

A Revolution at War with Itself? Preserving Employment Preferences from Weber to Ricci, 123 YALE L.J. 2964 (2014).

Whose Rights?: Litigating the Right-to-Work, 1950-1980, in THE AMERICAN RIGHT AND U.S. LABOR: POLITICS, IDEOLOGY, AND IMAGINATION (Nelson Lichtenstein & Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, eds., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

Race, Sex, and Rulemaking: Administrative Constitutionalism and the Workplace, 1960 to the Present, 96 VA. L. REV. 799 (2010).

Book Review, 85 BUS. HIST. REV. 622 (2011) (reviewing JENNIFER DELTON, RACIAL INTEGRATION IN CORPORATE AMERICA, 1940-1990 (2009)).

Hotspots in a Cold War: The NAACP’s Postwar Workplace Constitutionalism, 1948-1964, 26 L. & HIST. REV. 327 (2008).

Book Review, JOTWELL: LEGAL HISTORY (2011) (reviewing DANIEL RODGERS, AGE OF FRACTURE (2011)) (available at http://legalhist.jotwell.com/).

Book Review, 28 L. & HIST. REV. 554 (2010) (reviewing PAUL FRYMER, BLACK AND BLUE: AFRICAN AMERICANS, THE LABOR MOVEMENT, AND THE DECLINE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY (2007)).

Book Review, 27 L. & HIST. REV. 224 (2009) (reviewing RISA L. GOLUBOFF, THE LOST PROMISE OF CIVIL RIGHTS (2007)).

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Legal History, Labor & Employment Law, Civil Rights, Right to Work, Political History

Positions

Penn Law - Assistant Professor of Law (2009- ); Deputy Dean (2015- )

Law Clerk to Chief Judge Kimba M. Wood, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2008-09)

Samuel I. Golieb Research Fellow, New York University School of Law (2007-08)

Professional Activities

John Phillip Reid Book Award Committee, ASLH (2012- )

Courses

  • Employment Law
  • Administrative Law
  • The Constitution Outside of the Courts: Theory and History

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