- James L. Dohr Professor of Law
- Full-time faculty
JSD, Yale Law School, 1998
LL.M., Yale Law School, 1993
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1986
B.A., Barnard College, 1981
- Family, gender and sexuality
- International Law and Comparative Law
- Legal history
- Social justice and human rights
Gender and sexuality law
Katherine Franke is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the Faculty Director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Women, Gender and Sex Studies and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is one of the country's leading scholars writing on law, race, religion and rights. Franke is also the founder and faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, a think tank based at Columbia Law School that develops guidelines and thought leaders on the complex interactions between religious freedom and other fundamental rights. In 2021, Professor Franke started the ERA project, a think tank for law and politics to develop scientifically based research, policy papers, expert advice and strategic guidance on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the US Constitution and the role of the US Constitution ERA in promoting the greater cause of gender justice.
Your latest book, Repair: Keeping the promise of abolition (Haymarket, 2019) advocates racial redress today, telling the story of experiments in South Carolina and Mississippi in the 1860s in which freed land was specifically given as redress for enslavement and then taken away by the government. Married: The Dangers of Marriage Equality (NYU Press, 2015) looked at the cost of marriage for same-sex couples today and for African Americans at the end of the Civil War. In 2011 Franke received a Guggenheim grant to do research for Married . In addition to her work at the law school, she worked regularly in Palestine until the State of Israel forbade her to re-enter the country in spring 2018, citing her advocacy for the human rights of the Palestinians. She also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights, based in New York City.
Prior to joining law school, Franke was an associate professor of law at Fordham Law School and the University of Arizona College of Law. From 1990 to 1991 she was the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild. She previously worked for the New York City Commission on Human Rights and founded the AIDS and Employment Project.
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- Repair: slavery ' s Unfinished business (Heumarkt, 2019)
- Married: The Dangers of Marriage Equality (NYU-Presse, 2015)
- Expert opinion of the judiciary Katherine Franke in Obergefell v. Hodges , (in What Obergefell Should Have Said (Jack Balkin ed., Yale U. Press 2020)
- Property or spouse? Rezension zu Tera W. Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century, Women’s Review of Books (Januar/Februar 2018)
- What Marriage Equality Teaches Us: The Afterlife of Racism and Homophobia, in After Marital Equality: The Future of Rights by LBGT, (Carlos A. Ball ed., NYU Press 2016)
- Taking a Break from Bitterness: The Feminist Method by Ann Scales , 91 Denver University Law Review (2013)
- Dating the State: The Moral Hazards of Wining Gay Rights, 44 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 1 (2012)
- The Strange Relationship of Marriage and Freedom, Marriage at a Crossroads (E. Scott and M. Garrison Eds. Cambridge U. Press 2012)
- Graceful Rights: A Commentary on Jeremy Waldron ' s dignity, rights and duties , 43 Arizona St. L.J.1177 (2012)
- Public sex, same-sex marriages, and the afterlife of homophobia , in Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public (Carlos Motta & Joshua Lubin-Levy Hrsg. 2011)
- Marriage is a mixed blessing , Op-Ed, New York Times, 23. June 2011
- Sexual Rights and Governance, 104 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 385 (2010)
- Eve Sedgwick, Civil Rights and Perversion, 33 Harv. J. Gender & Law 313 (2009)
- Longing for love , 76 Ford. L.Rev. 2685 (2008)
- Gender Issues in Transitional Justice, 15 Colum. J. Gender & L. 813 (2006)
Further publications can be found in the Center for Gender and Sexuality and on Prof. Frankes SSRN page .