Dorothy E. Roberts
Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School where she also holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair.
Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997).
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology; the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
Director, Program on Race, Science and Society
She is the author of more than 80 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a co-editor of six books on such topics as constitutional law and women and the law.
Dorothy E. Roberts, Michael Grandner, Natasha Williams, Kristen L. Knutson & Girard in Jean-Louis (2016). Sleep Disparity, Race/Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Position, Sleep Medicine, 18, 7-18.
Dorothy E. Roberts (2015). Race, Care Work, and The Private Law of Inheritance, Law & Social Inquiry, 40, 511-518.
Dorothy E. Roberts (2015). The Politics of Race and Science: Conservative Colorblindness and The Limits of Liberal Critique, Du Bois Review, 12, 199-211.
Dorothy E. Roberts, Jonathan Metzl (2014). Structural Competency Meets Structural Racism: Race, Politics, and the Structure of Medical Knowledge, Virtual Mentor, 16, 674 - 690.
Dorothy E. Roberts (2012). Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers, UCLA Law Review, 59, 1474.
Dorothy E. Roberts (2012). The Social Context of Oncofertility, DePaul Law Review, 61, 777.
Dorothy E. Roberts (2012). Debating the Cause of Health Disparities: Implications for Bioethics and Racial Equality, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 21(33), 2 - 341.
Dorothy E. Roberts (2012). Race, Gender, and the Conflation of Biological and Social Issues, DuBois Review, 9, 235-244.
Dorothy E. Roberts (2011). Collateral Consequences, Genetics Surveillance, and the New Biopolitics of Race, Howard Law Journal, 54, 567–586.
Dorothy E. Roberts (2011). Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, The New Press.
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