Cary C. Franklin

  • Professor


  • JD Yale
  • DPhil Oxford
  • MST Oxford
  • BA Yale

Professor Franklin's primary research interests are in the fields of constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and legal history. She is particularly interested in the history of antidiscrimination law in the areas of sex and sexual orientation, and the ways in which this history influences legal conceptions of equality today. Her work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. Her article, The Anti-Stereotyping Principle in Constitutional Sex Discrimination Law, 85 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 83 (2010), was awarded the Kathryn T. Preyer Prize by the American Society for Legal History.

Professor Franklin received a B.A. in English and History from Yale University and a D.Phil. in English from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. After completing her doctorate, she received a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal. She clerked for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who at the time sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before joining the UT Faculty, Professor Franklin was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Ribicoff Fellow at Yale Law School.

Recent Publications

  • Griswold and the Public Dimension of the Right to Privacy, 124 Yale Law Journal Forum 332 (2015).
  • A More Perfect Union: Sex, Race, and the VMI Case, in The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 88 (Scott Dodson, Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • Marrying Liberty and Equality: The New Jurisprudence of Gay Rights, 100 Virginia Law Review 817 (2014).

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