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Sophia Z. Lee

Assistant Professor of Law and History

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… 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. Representative publications appear in the Virginia Law Review, and Law & History Review. She earned her J.D. and Ph.D. in history from Yale. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, she clerked for the Honorable Kimba M. Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and served as a Samuel I Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law. She is currently working on a history of the workplace Constitution from the 1930s to the 1980s.

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Expertise

  • American Legal History
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law

Books

"ALMOST REVOLUTIONARY": THE CONSTITUTION'S STRANGE CAREER IN THE WORKPLACE, 1935-1980 (2010) (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University).

Articles and Book Chapters

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).

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

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

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

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)).

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

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Antidiscrimination Law

Positions

Penn Law - Assistant Professor of Law (2009- )

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

Executive Committee, Employment Discrimination Section, AALS (2012- )

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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