Dorothy Roberts


Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis Professor
Northwestern University School of Law

Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, with joint appointments in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology (by courtesy) and as faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research. She has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare. She is the author of the award-winning Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (1997) and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (2002) and more than70 articles in scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review, as well as co-editor of six casebooks and anthologies on gender and constitutional law. Professor Roberts has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Fordham; a fellow at Harvard University's Program in Ethics and the Professions and Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; and a Fulbright scholar at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies in Trinidad-Tobago. She serves on the boards of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, and Generations Ahead. Her latest book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, will be published by The New Press in July 2011.