Dorothy E. Roberts
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School where she holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander chair. She is also founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society in the Center for Africana Studies.
Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans.
KILLING THE BLACK BODY: RACE, REPRODUCTION AND THE MEANING OF LIBERTY (Random House/Pantheon, 1997; Vintage paperback, 1999; Vintage 20th anniversary ed., 2017).
FATAL INVENTION: HOW SCIENCE, POLITICS, AND BIG BUSINESS RE-CREATE RACE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (The
New Press, 2011).
SHATTERED BONDS: THE COLOR OF CHILD WELFARE (Basic Books/Civitas, 2001; paperback, 2002).
Articles and Book Chapters
Digitizing the Carceral State, reviewing Virginia Eubanks, AUTOMATING INEQUALITY: HOW HIGH-TECH TOOLS PROFILE, POLICE, AND PUNISH THE POOR (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), 132 HARV. L. REV. 1695 (2019).
Why Baby Markets Aren't Free, 7 UC IRVINE L. REV. 611 (2017).
Democratizing Criminal Law as an Abolitionist Project, 111 NW. U. L. REV. 1597 (2017).
Crossing Two Color Lines: Interracial Marriage and Residential Segregation in Chicago, 45 CAP. U. L. REV. 1 (2017).
Race, Care Work, and the Private Law of Inheritance, 40 LAW & SOC. INQUIRY 511 (2015).
Loving v. Virginia as a Civil Rights Decision, 59 N.Y. L. SCH. L. REV. 175 (2014-2015).
Child Protection as Surveillance of African American Families, 36 J. SOC. WELFARE & FAM. L. 426 (2014).
Law, Race, and Biotechnology: Toward a Biopolitical and Transdisciplinary Paradigm, 18 ANN. REV. L. & SOC. SCI. 149 (2013)
Movement Intersectionality: The Case of Race, Gender, Disability, and Genetic Technologies, 10 DUBOIS REV. 313 (2013) (with Sujatha Jesudason).
Debating the Cause of Health Disparities -- Implications for Bioethics and Racial Equality, 21 CAMBRIDGE Q. HEALTHCARE ETHICS 332 (2012).
The Paradox of Silence and Display: Sexual Violation of Enslaved Women and Contemporary Contradictions in Black Female Sexuality, in BEYOND SLAVERY: OVERCOMING ITS RELIGIOUS AND SEXUAL LEGACIES 41 (Bernadette J. Brooten, ed., Praeger Press 2010).
Margaret Sanger and the Racial Origins of the Birth Control Movement, in RACIALLY WRITING THE REPUBLIC: RACISTS, RACE REBELS, AND TRANSFORMATIONS OF AMERICAN IDENTITY 196 (Bruce Baum & Duchess Harris, eds., Duke University Press, 2009).
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Penn Law – George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights (2012- )
Northwestern – Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law (2002-12); professor (1998-02). Joint appointments: Institute for Policy Research, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in African American Studies and Sociology
Visiting Faculty/Fellow – Harvard, Stanford, Fordham, Northwestern, Penn Law
Fulbright Fellow, Center for Gender and Development Studies, University of West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago (2002-03)
- Critical Race Theory
- Criminal Law
- Current Controversies in Child Welfare Policy
- Family Law
- Race, Biotechnology and Law in the Gene Age