Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, with joint appointments in African American Studies, Sociology, and the Institute for Policy Research. She has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of race, gender, and class on legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare. She is author of the award-winning books Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty; and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare, as well as co-editor of six books on constitutional law and gender and law. She has also published more than 70 articles in books and scholarly journals, including The Harvard Law Review, The Stanford Law Review, and The Yale Law Journal. Professor Roberts serves on the boards of directors of The Black Women’s Health Imperative, The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, and Generations Ahead. She is also a member of the executive committee of Cells to Society: The Center on Social Disparities and Health, the Braam Foster Care Oversight Panel in Washington State, and the Standards Working Group of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.


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