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 a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School where she also holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair.
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. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997).
- Family Law
- Criminal Law
- Civil Rights Law
- Juvenile Justice
FATAL INVENTION: HOW SCIENCE, POLITICS, AND BIG BUSINESS RE-CREATE RACE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (The
New Press, 2011).
SEX, POWER, AND TABOO: GENDER AND HIV IN THE CARIBBEAN AND BEYOND (with Rhoda Reddock, Dianne
Douglas & Sandra Reid, Ian Randle Publishers, 2009)
FRUG’S WOMEN AND THE LAW (with Libby Adler et al., Foundation Press, 4th ed., 2008; 3rd ed., 2004; 2nd ed., 1998).
KILLING THE BLACK BODY: RACE, REPRODUCTION AND THE MEANING OF LIBERTY (Random House/Pantheon, 1997; Vintage paperback, 1999).
Articles and Book Chapters
Race, Care Work, and the Private Law of Inheritance, 40 LAW & SOC. INQUIRY 511 (2015).
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).
Race, Gender, and the Conflation of Biological and Social Issues, 9 DUBOIS REV. 235 (2012) (book review).
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).
Race and the New Biocitizen, in WHAT'S THE USE OF RACE 259 (Ian Whitmarsh & David Jones, eds., MIT Press, 2010).
The Social Immorality of Health in the Gene Age: Race, Disability, and Inequality, in AGAINST HEALTH 61 (Jonathan Metzl & Anna Kirkland, eds., NYU 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).
Sick and Tired: Working Women and Their Health, in THE SHRIVER REPORT: A WOMAN'S NATION CHANGES EVERYTHING 122 (Heather Boushey & Ann O'Leary, eds., The Center for American Progress, 2009). (with Jessica Arons)
Is Race-Based Medicine Good for Us?: African-American Approaches to Race, Biotechnology, and Equality, 36 J.L. MED. & ETHICS 537 (2008).
More publications can be found here.
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