Katherine M. Franke

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law

Katherine M. Franke

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law

Katherine Franke is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, a member of the Steering Committee for the Center for the Study of Social Difference, and an Affiliated Faculty member for the Center for Palestine Studies.  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. Franke was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 to undertake research for Wedlocked. In addition to her work at the Law School, 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.

Before coming to the Law School, Franke was an associate professor at Fordham Law School and the University of Arizona College of Law. From 1990 to 1991, she was the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild. Prior to that, she worked for the New York City Commission on Human Rights and founded the AIDS and Employment Project.

  • J.S.D., Yale Law School, 1998
  • LL.M., Yale Law School, 1993
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., Barnard College, 1981


Works in Progress

Scholarly Articles                

Notable Media Mentions

Additional publications may be found on Professor Franke's personal page, here, and on Professor Franke's SSRN Page.

Remarks and Testimony
  • Amicus Curiae brief submitted to 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Rosa v. Park West Bank, (on behalf of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and Equal Rights Advocates), February 1, 2000
  • Amicus Curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc., August 11, 1997
C. Racial Justice Advocacy Workshop
Critical Legal Thought
Gender Justice
S. Law, Rights, and Religion
S. Legal Scholarship
S. Legalizing Social Movements
S. Racial Justice Advocacy Workshop
S. Topics in Sexuality Law