Serena Mayeri

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Serena Mayeri is Professor of Law and History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and holds a secondary appointment in the history department. 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, The Status of Marriage: Marital Supremacy Challenged and Remade, 1960-2000, examines the history of challenges to marriage's legal primacy. Articles related to this work have appeared recently in the Yale Law Journal, the California Law Review, and Constitutional Commentary. She teaches courses in family law, employment discrimination, gender and the law, and legal history.



Recent Publications Include:


“Intersectionality and the Constitution of Family Status,” Constitutional Commentary (2017).

“Foundling Fathers: (Non)-Marriage and Parental Rights in the Age of Equality,” 125 Yale Law Journal 2182 (2016).

“Marriage (In)equality and the Historical Legacies of Feminism,” 6 California Law Review Circuit 126 (2015) (Symposium on Obergefell v. Hodges).

“Marital Supremacy and the Constitution of the Nonmarital Family,” 103 California Law Review 1277 (2015).

“Intersectionality and Title VII: A Brief (Pre-)History,” 95 Boston University Law Review 713 (2015) (Symposium: The Civil Rights Act at 50).


School of Law

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