Dorothy Roberts, JD
Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Northwestern University Law School
Professor, Department of African-American Studies and Sociology
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research
JD, Harvard Law School, 1980
Dorothy Roberts, JD 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 Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997). She is also the co-editor of Sex, Power and Taboo: Gender and HIV in the Caribbean and Beyond, as well as casebooks on constitutional law and women and the law and has published more than 70 articles and essays in books and scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and Social Text. Her most recent book is Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (The New Press, 2011).
She serves on the board of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, and Generations Ahead, as well as on the executive committee of Cells to Society: The Center on Social Disparities and Health at IPR. She also serves on a panel of five national experts that is overseeing foster care reform in Washington State and on the Standards Working Group of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.