Cary Franklin

(Fall 2012)

Office: Jerome Greene Hall - Room 516
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027

Assistant Info

Name: Rachel Jones
Phone: 212-854-7594

Areas of Teaching and Research
  • Constitutional law
  • Employment discrimination
  • Feminist legal theory


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2005
  • University of Oxford, D.Phil., 2003
  • University of Oxford, MSt, English with distinction, Rhodes Scholar, 2000
  • Yale University, B.A., English and History with distinction in both majors (summa cum laude), 1998


Cary Franklin is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Law School. She received a B.A. in English and History from Yale University and a D.Phil. in English from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. After completing her doctorate, she received a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who at the time sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Before joining the UT Faculty, Franklin was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Ribicoff Fellow at Yale Law School.

Franklin's primary research interests are in the fields of constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and legal history. She is particularly interested in the history of antidiscrimination law in the areas of sex and sexual orientation, and the ways in which this history influences legal conceptions of equality today. Her most recent article, "Inventing the 'Traditional Concept' of Sex Discrimination," was published in the Harvard Law Review. Her article, "The Anti-Stereotyping Principle in Constitutional Sex Discrimination Law," published in the New York University Law Review (2010), was awarded the Kathryn T. Preyer Prize by the American Society for Legal History. She is currently working on an article about same-sex marriage litigation.