Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows
The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law has a few options for scholars interested in visiting with us. See below for more information about our Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows Program our Sabbatical Visitor Program, and past visiting scholars.
Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows
Dr. Joseph Fischel is a Faculty Member in residence with the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School for the Fall of 2018. Joseph Fischel is a theorist of social and sexual justice. His research on the regulation of sex, gender, and sexuality is informed by normative political theory, queer studies, and critical race and feminist legal theory. His first two books interrogate consent as the magnetizing, dominant metric of modern sex law and late modern sexual ethics. Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) argues that the sociolegal figures of the recidivistic sex offender, the innocent child and the heroic homosexual invest consent with its normative power while obfuscating more pervasive but less perceptible forms of sexual injury and gendered violence. Fischel’s second book, Screw Consent: A Better Politics of Sexual Justice (University of California Press, 2019) explores cases of atypical and non-normative sex in order to scaffold a sexual ethics less beholden to consent for what we think of as the “ordinary” couple form. His current research project, Against Nature: A Solicitation to Sodomitical Justice (forthcoming in the Sexuality Series of Temple University Press) examines the life and afterlife of sodomy law in New Orleans and beyond to reconsider the centrality of sex—in contradisctinction to race, gender or sexuality—for liberal and neoliberal governance
Curriculum Vitae, Dr. Joseph Fischel
Emily Stolzenberg is a Visiting Scholar with the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School for the Fall of 2018, where she was previously an Associate in Law and Lecturer in Law. Her research seeks to reconcile individual autonomy with family obligation and currently focuses on how to fairly and efficiently define financial obligations for a diverse array of families. Stolzenberg’s recent article, “The New Family Freedom,” published in the Boston College Law Review, analyzed how an emergent, libertarian vision of autonomy as property rights delegitimizes attempts to impose financial obligations in nonmarital and post-divorce families. Her current project, “Properties of Intimacy,” argues that family law is even more protective of title-holders’ ability to exclude others than are property law and theory and that a different approach to intimates’ property disputes could yield fairer distributions upon family dissolution.
Stolzenberg graduated from Yale Law School in 2012, having earned a master’s in political theory from the University of Oxford in 2009. After law school, she worked with the Legal Aid Justice Center’s JustChildren Program and Elder Law Initiative in Charlottesville, VA. From 2013-2014, Stolzenberg served as a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She then practiced family law at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, DC. Stolzenberg is a member of the New York and Washington, DC, bars.
Curriculum Vitae, Emily Stolzenberg
Professor Melissa Murray was a Visiting Faculty Member in Residence with the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law in the Spring of 2018. She joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 2018, after being a member of the Berkeley Law faculty in 2006. She teaches Family Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Reproductive Rights and Justice. She served as interim dean of Berkeley Law School from March 2016 to June 2017.
Murray is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar, and Yale Law School, where she was notes development editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, Murray clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Murray is a member of the New York bar.
Professor Suzanne Kim was a Visiting Faculty Member in residence with the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law in the Spring of 2018. Professor Kim is a Professor of Law and the Judge Denny Chin Scholar at Rutgers Law School in Newark. Professor Kim’s research and teaching interests include family, procedure, constitutional law, antidiscrimination, critical theory, and socio-legal studies. Her scholarship, interdisciplinary in approach, bridges law, critical theory, and social sciences in examining socio-legal regulation of intimacies and gender, antidiscrimination, and resilience.
Professor Kim earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She has served as an appointed member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns and has practiced law as a litigation associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York and received the firm’s Pro Bono Service Award. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Kim was a lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School in what is now the Thomas C. Grey Fellowship program.
Professor Sahar Aziz was a Visiting Faculty Member in Residence with the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law in the Spring of 2018. She is a Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School. Professor Aziz served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she worked on law and policy at the intersection of national security and civil liberties. Professor Aziz began her legal career as a litigation associate for WilmerHale after which she was an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP in Washington, D.C. where she litigated Title VII class actions on behalf of plaintiffs.
Professor Aziz earned a J.D. and M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas where she was as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. Professor Aziz clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Dr. Tamar Katz Peled was a Visiting Research Scholar with the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School for the Summer of 2017. Dr. Peled earned her PhD from the University of Haifa, Israel in 2014, and was honored with the Award for Excellence on her Doctoral dissertation, "Surrogate Motherhood in Israel: Legal, Social, and Cultural Construction". Dr. Peled is currently exploring the ways in which surrogacy is conceived of in legal paradigms, and exploring the concepts of bodily autonomy, labor, family law and gender justice in assessing how surrogacy is treated in law, policy, and culture. While visiting at Columbia Law School, Dr. Peled met with Law Faculty and Staff to discuss her research, and develop her work further, in exploring legal, cultural and social issues regarding Artificial Reproductive Technologies (ART).
Dr. Tamar Katz Peled - e-mail
Lisa Kelly was the 2014-2016 Center for Reproductive Rights Fellow at Columbia Law School. She is in the final stages of completing her S.J.D. (Doctorate of Law) at Harvard Law School. Her doctorate dissertation Governing the Child: Parental Authority, State Power and the School in North America - analyzes legal struggles from the mid-nineteenth century to present over race, corporate punishment and the disciplinary reach of school authorities. Lisa has published in the areas of family law and reproductive justice, including a forthcoming chapter "Reckoning with Narratives of Innocent Suffering in Transnational Abortion Litigation," in Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies.
Rana Jaleel was the 2013-2015 Center for Reproductive Rights Fellow at Columbia Law School. Rana received her Ph.D. from New York University, where she was a Henry M. MacCracken Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis' Program in American Studies. Her research to date has examined how feminist theorizations of violence against women interfaced with legal doctrine in the 1990s to establish war rape and sexual violence as violations of human rights and international humanitarian and criminal law. Rana's broader research interests include property, criminal, and anti-discrimination law, as well as legal theory. Rana earned her JD from Yale Law School, where she served as an Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and was a Connecticut Bar Foundation Fellow. While in law school, Rana was also a Teaching Fellow and a Research Fellow for the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies, then housed in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale. Additionally, Rana holds BAs in Women's Studies and English Literature and an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Maya Manian was a visiting scholar at the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law for the 2014-2015 school year. She is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco of Law. Her research focuses on access to reproductive healthcare and explores the relationship between reproductive rights and gender equality. She publishes and presents regularly on abortion rights and related constitutional issues. Her publications include "Lessons from Personhood's Defeat: Abortion Restrictions Side Effects on Women's Health" (Ohio State Law Journal, 2013); "Functional Parenting and Dysfunctional Abortion Policy: Reforming Parental Involvement Legislation" (Family Court Review, 2012) and "The Irrational Woman: Informed Consent and Abortion Decision-Making" (Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, 2009).
Diane Richardson was a sabbatical visiting professor at the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law for Spring 2015. She is Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow and Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University, UK whose interdisciplinary research focuses on sexuality, gender, citizenship and social justice. Her latest book is Sexuality, Equality and Diversity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She also recently co-edited Intersections Between Feminist and Queer Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Contesting Recognition: Culture, Identity and Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). She received a PhD in Sociology and a BA in Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham.