Robert Kent Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Topics of Expertise:
Children / Cohabitation, Committed Relationships & Marriage / Family Law / Feminism & Families / Gender & Sexuality / History & Trends on Gender, Marriage & Family Life / Marriage & Divorce / Parenthood: Motherhood/Fatherhood / Reproductive Health / Work & Family
Linda C. McClain is known for her work in family law, gender and law, and feminist legal theory. Her most recent book, Who’s the Bigot? Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2020), traces the rhetoric of bigotry and conscience across a range of debates relating to marriage and antidiscrimination law. In the words of one reviewer, “this is required reading for anyone who wants to understand our polarized society and how we got here.” She is co-author of the casebook, Contemporary Family Law (West, 5th ed. 2019) and the textbook, Gay Rights and the Constitution (Foundation Press, 2016). Her other books include: The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility (Harvard University Press, 2006); Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues (Harvard University Press, 2013) (with James E. Fleming); the interdisciplinary edited volume, What Is Parenthood?: Contemporary Debates about the Family (NYU Press, 2013); and Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback, 2012) (co-edited with Joanna Grossman). She is former Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow at Princeton University’s University Center for Human Values and faculty fellow at Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics. She is a member of the American Law institute.