Katherine Franke

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law; Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law

Office: 435 West 116th Street
Rm 627
New York NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-0061
Fax: (212) 854-7946
Email: kfranke@law.columbia.edu

Assistant Info

Name: Liz Boylan
Phone: 212-854-0167
Email: eboyla@law.columbia.edu

B.A., Barnard College, Philosophy, 1981 magna cum laude; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1986; LL.M., Yale Law School, 1993; J.S.D., Yale Law School 1998, Dissertation: Because of Sex.


Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law 2000 - present;
Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School 1997-00;
Associate Professor of Law, University of Arizona College of Law 1995-97;
Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild 1990 - 1991;
Supervising Attorney, New York City Commission on Human Rights 1987-1990;
Founder and Director, AIDS and Employment Project, San Francisco, CA 1986-1987.

Community/Professional Activities

Center for Constitutional Rights, Chair of Board of Directors
Jewish Voice for Peace, Academic Advisory Council, Steering Committee

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Katherine Franke is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she also directs the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. She is among the nation's leading scholars writing on law, religion and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory. Her most recent book, Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality (NYU Press 2015), considers the costs of winning marriage rights for same sex couples today and for African Americans at the end of the Civil War.  Professor Franke was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 to undertake research for Wedlocked. In addition to her work at Columbia she works regularly in Palestine, most recently serving as an academic mentor for the human rights faculty at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem, and sits on the steering committee of the Academic Advisory Council of Jewish Voice for Peace. She also chairs the Board of Directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights, based in New York City.