Professor of Law and History
Serena Mayeri’s scholarship focuses on the historical impact of progressive and conservative social movements on legal and constitutional change. Her book, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2011) received the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American Historical Association and the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians.
Serena Mayeri’s scholarship focuses on the historical impact of progressive and conservative social movements on legal and constitutional change. Her book, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2011) received the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American Historical Association and the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians. Mayeri's current project examines the history of challenges to marriage's primacy as a legal institution and a source of public and private benefits. She teaches courses in family law, employment discrimination, gender and the law, and legal history.
- American Legal History
- Employment Discrimination Law
- Family Law
REASONING FROM RACE: FEMINISM, LAW, AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS REVOLUTION (Harvard University Press, 2011).
Articles and Book Chapters
Historicizing ‘The End of Men’: The Politics of Reaction(s), 93 B.U. L. REV. (forthcoming 2013)
The U.S. Women’s Jury Movements and Strategic Adaptation: A More Just Verdict. By Holly J. McCammon (2012), 100:1 J. AM. HIST. 247 (June 2013) (book review).
Family Matters: The Sexual Revolution in American Politics, Jotwell: Legal History, Feb. 18, 2013 (reviewing ROBERT O. SELF, ALL IN THE FAMILY: THE REALIGNMENT OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY SINCE THE 1960S (2012)).
The Law of Aging, JOTWELL: THE JOURNAL OF THINGS WE LIKE (LOTS): LEGAL HIST. (Mar. 12, 2012), http://legalhist.jotwell.com/the-law-of-aging/ (reviewing HENDRIK HARTOG, SOMEDAY ALL THIS WILL BE YOURS: A HISTORY OF INHERITANCE AND OLD AGE (2012)).
Women: United States Law, in OXFORD INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LEGAL HISTORY (Stanley N. Katz, ed., 2009).
Pauli Murray, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (David Spinoza Tanenhaus, ed., 2008).
Gender Equality (with Nathaniel Persily, et al.), in PUBLIC OPINION AND CONSTITUTIONAL CONTROVERSY (Nathaniel Persily et al., eds., Oxford University Press, 2008).
Note, “A Common Fate of Discrimination”: Race/Gender Analogies in Legal and Historical Perspective, 110 YALE L. J. 1045 (2001).
More publications can be found here.
The Status of Marriage: Marital Supremacy Challenged and Remade, 1960-2000 (work-in-progress). (forthcoming)
- Legal and constitutional history
- Antidiscrimination law and policy
- Family law and history
- Civil Rights and Feminism
- Marriage and its alternatives
Penn Law – Professor of Law and History (2011-); Assistant Professor (2006-11)
Law Clerk to the Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2003-04)
New York University School of Law – Samuel I. Golieb Fellow (2004-06)
Planning Committee, AALS Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality
Secretary, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities
Contributing Editor, Jotwell Legal History Section., 2010-present.
Peer Reviewer, Law and History Review, 2008-present; Oxford University Press, 2009- present.
- Family Law
- Law and Social Movements in Twentieth-Century America
- Employment Discrimination
- Gender and the Law in Recent American History
- Feminist Legal Advocacy in the Twentieth-Century United States
- Marriage: History and Law