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Serena Mayeri

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 first 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, Marital Privilege: Transforming the Legal Status of Marriage, 1960-2003 (forthcoming, Yale University Press, 2025) 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 also writes about reproductive rights and justice, and about history’s role in constitutional discourse and litigation.

Mayeri teaches courses in family law, employment discrimination, reproductive rights and justice, 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.