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 how this history influences legal conceptions of equality today. Her work has appeared 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. During the 2016-2017 academic year, she will be a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School.

Recent Publications

  • Roe As We Know It, 114 Michigan Law Review 867 (2016) (reviewing After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, by Mary Ziegler).
  • What We Do With Substantive Due Process, JOTWELL (February 11, 2016) (reviewing Jamal Greene, The Meming of Substantive Due Process, 31 Constitutional Commentary __ (forthcoming 2016). View article
  • How Ann Boleyn Gave Us Our Right to Privacy, Decode DC, (February 11, 2016),

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