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Serena Mayeri

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Serena Mayeri

Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law; Professor of 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.

Mayeri’s current book project, tentatively titled Marital Privilege: Challenging the Legal Status of Marriage, 1960-2003, examines the history of challenges to marriage’s primacy as a legal institution and a source of public and private benefits. Related articles have appeared in the California Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. Mayeri teaches courses in family law, employment discrimination, gender and the law, and legal history.

She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of History, and is a Core Faculty member in the Program on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In 2016, Mayeri was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. In 2019, she received the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching.


  • PhD (History)Yale2006
  • JDYale2001
  • ABHarvard1997

Courses Taught

  • 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


    • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
    • Employment and Labor Law
    • Family Law and Child Advocacy
    • Gender, Leadership, and the Law
    • Legal History
    • Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion

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