Julie Suk
Position: Professor, Sociology
Professor, Political Science
Professor, M.A. in Liberal Studies
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: J.D. from Yale Law School D.Phil.
M.Sc. in Politics from Oxford University
Research Interests: women, gender, and the law; constitutional law and politics (US and comparative); procedure; antidiscrimination law; employment law; law and society; the Eureopean Union; political, social, and legal theory; human rights.

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Julie C. Suk is a leading expert on women and gender in constituitonal law, bringing multidisciplinary expertise to the study of women, law, and society.

Julie C. Suk is a leading scholar of constitutional gender equality in the United States and around the world. Her recent book, We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment, charts the legal, historical, and political significance of the ERA's current resurgence, enabled by generations of women constitution-makers. In addition to her appointment at The Graduate Center, Professor Suk teaches as a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and has previously taught at the law schools of Cardozo, Columbia, Harvard, UCLA, and University of Chicago Law Schools. She has lectured widely in the United States and Europe and has been a visiting fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and LUISS-Guido Carli in Rome. She has a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she studied on a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, where she held a Marshall Scholarship. Professor Suk is a frequent commentator in the media on legal issues affecting women, including, most recently, Boston Review, L.A. Times, Washington Post, PBS, CBS, and other media outlets. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles about women, inequality, and the law.

Awards and Grants
Marshall Scholarship, 1997. Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, 2002.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships
Law & Society Association American Society for Legal History formerly Association of American Law Schools: Chair, Section on Comparative Law (2012-13); Chair, Section on Employment Discrimination Law (2011-12); Founder (2013) and Chair (2017-18) Section on European Law

Courses Taught
GC: Interdisciplinary Topics in Law ("Mothers in Law"); Foundations of Legal Thought ("The Theory and Practice of Justice") Law School courses: Civil Procedure, Comparative Law, Employmnet Law, Antidiscrimination Law.


  • Working Mothers and the Postponement of Women’s Rights, from the Nineteenth Amendment to the ERA, COLORADO LAW REVIEW (invited symposium piece) (forthcoming 2021).
  • The ERA, Then and Now, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF FEMINISM AND LAW IN THE UNITED STATES (Deborah Brake, Martha Chamallas, & Verna Williams, eds., forthcoming 2020).
  • Suffrage and Prohibition; Speech and Detention, in With Liberty and Justice for All? The Constitution in the Classroom (Maeva Marcus, Robert Cohen, & Steven Steinbach, eds, forthcoming 2020).
  • Feminism and Family Leave, in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON FEMINIST JURISPRUDENCE (Cynthia Bowman & Robin West eds., Elgar 2018). Constitutions and Economic Inequality, 85 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW REVIEW 369 (with Rosalind Dixon) (2018).
  • Feminist Constitutionalism and the Entrenchment of Motherhood, in LAW AND THE IMAGINING OF DIFFERENCE, special issue of STUDIES IN LAW, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY (Austin Sarat ed. 2018).
  • Antidiscrimination Law and the Duty to Integrate, in THEORIES OF INDIRECT DISCRIMINATION (Hugh Collins & Tarunabh Khaitan eds., Hart Publishing 2018).
  • The Constitution of Mothers: Gender Equality and Social Reproduction in the United States and the World, 9 ConLawNOW 23 (2018) (Constitution Day 2017 keynote address at the University of Akron)
  • Les influences françaises sur le droit constitutionnel américain de l’égalité: L’ « affaire des abattoirs » et le paradigme racial in DE L’AUTRE CÔTÉ DU MIROIR: COMPARAISONS FRANCO-AMÉRICAINES (Presses Universitaires de Rennes 2018).
  • The constitutional goal of transforming education: The South African Constitutional Court in comparative perspective, in CONSTITUTIONAL TRIUMPHS, CONSTITUTIONAL DISAPPOINTMENTS: A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE 1996 SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTION’S INFLUENCE (Rosalind Dixon & Theunis Roux eds., Cambridge University Press 2018).
  • Gender Equality and the Protection of Motherhood in Global Constitutionalism, JOURNAL OF LAW & ETHICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS (2018).
  • An Equal Rights Amendment for the Twenty-First Century: Bringing Global Constitutionalism Home, 28 YALE JOURNAL OF LAW & FEMINISM 381 (2017) (quoted in the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Report 116-378, Removing the Deadline for the Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, January 16, 2020).
  • Equality After Brexit, 40 FORDHAM JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 1535 (2017).
  • Quotas and Consequences: A Transnational Re-evaluation, in PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION LAW (Deborah Hellman & Sophia Moreau eds.), Oxford University Press (2014).
  • Fatherhood and Crime in James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, in MASCULINITY IN AMERICAN LITERATURE (Saul Levmore & Martha Nussbaum eds.) Oxford University Press (2014).
  • Les stéréotypes de genre sont-ils mauvais pour les femmes? in Ce que le droit fait au genre (Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez, Mathias Moschel, & Diane Roman eds.) Editions Dalloz (2013).
  • The Moral and Legal Consequences of Wife Selling in The Mayor of Casterbridge, in SUBVERSION AND SYMPATHY: GENDER, LAW, AND THE BRITISH NOVEL (Alison LaCroix & Martha Nussbaum eds.) Oxford University Press (2013).
  • Preventive Health at Work: A Comparative Approach, 59 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW 1089 (2011).
  • Are Gender Stereotypes Bad for Women? Rethinking Antidiscrimination Law and Work-Family Conflict, 110 COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW 1 (2010).
  • Procedural Path Dependence: Discrimination and the Civil-Criminal Divide, 85 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1315 (2008).
  • Discrimination at Will: Job Security Protections and Equal Employment Opportunity in Conflict, 60 STANFORD LAW REVIEW 73 (2007).
  • Equal by Comparison: Unsettling Assumptions of Antidiscrimination Law, 55 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW 295 (2007).
  • Antidiscrimination Law in the Administrative State, 2006 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS LAW REVIEW 405. Adding Insult to Injury: Questioning the Role of Dignity in Conceptions of Sovereignty, 55 STANFORD LAW REVIEW 1921 (2003) (with Judith Resnik).