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Women, Leadership, & the Law Faculty

  • Anita Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

    Anita L. Allen is an expert on privacy law, bioethics, and contemporary values and was appointed in 2010 by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


  • Regina Austin L’73, William A. Schnader Professor of Law

    Regina Austin pursues her interest in the overlapping burdens of race, gender, and class oppression in traditional legal scholarship, as well as in her work on documentary films. She is the director of the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law.

  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs

    She teaches International Women’s Human Rights Law. At Penn Law she has developed partnerships with OHCHR, UN Women and UNESCO and other multinational organizations. She also serves as the Academic Director of Penn Law’s Global Institute for Human Rights. In 2017, Rangita was appointed a Global Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Goal Fund.

  • Sophia Lee, Assistant Professor of Law

    Sophia Lee is a legal historian whose scholarship synthesizes labor, constitutional, and administrative law. She has written about administrative agencies’ role in shaping constitutional law.


  • Serena Mayeri, 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. She is the author of Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution.

  • Sarah PaolettiPractice Associate Professor of Law

    Paoletti’s research focuses on the intersection of human rights, migration, and labor law, and she has presented on this theme before the United Nations and the Organization of American States. She also works closely with advocates seeking application of international human rights norms in the United States.  


  • Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights

    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. 


  • Tobias Barrington Wolff, Professor of Law

    Tobias Barrington Wolff writes and teaches in civil procedure and constitutional law. In the field of constitutional law, he has published articles and essays on topics ranging from free speech under the First Amendment and slavery under the Thirteenth Amendment to the rights of gay men and lesbians.