I am an American legal scholar specializing in feminist legal theory, Equal Protection jurisprudence, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. Recent scholarly publications include “Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and “Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching,” Christian Bioethics (Oxford University). I have also published two books and numerous other articles.  A member of the Catholic Women’s Forum, I have submitted papers to the Pontifical Council on the Laity (Women’s Division) and the Pontifical Council on the Family, and have represented the Holy See at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. I am a contributor to the Law Professor Blogs Network blog, Mirror of Justice, and currently working on a book on rival feminisms and the Supreme Court.

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 “Engaging Women: Finding a New Translation for Catholic Sexual Teaching,” in Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2015)

“In Search of Sexual Integrity,” prepared for Pontifical Council on the Family in preparation for the World Meeting of Families (2015).

“Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching,” Christian Bioethics (Oxford University journal, August 2013).

“Women, Sex & the Church: Teaching Guide Designed for Professors and Students of Law, Feminist Theory, and Sexual and Social Ethics,” commissioned and published by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy (2012)

“Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (Summer 2011)

 Women, Sex and the Church, editor/contributor, (Pauline Books & Media, 2010)

The Cost of “Choice,” editor/contributor (Encounter Books, 2004)

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Pontifical Council of the Laity-Women’s Division, Invited Participant, International Conference on Women and Work, Vatican City, Rome, Italy, (upcoming) December 2015

World Meeting of Families, Session Speaker, Philadelphia, PA, September 2015

Ethics & Public Policy Center, “On the Collaboration of Men and Women: the Implications of the Vulnerable Child,” (Submitted to the Pontifical Council of the Laity—Women’s Division), April 2015

Franciscan University, “On Vulnerability in the Mother-Child Dyad,” March 2015

University Faculty for Life Annual Conference, Plenary Address, “Women, Men, Sexual Asymmetry and Authentic Reproductive Justice,” Fordham University, June 2014

Scranton University, “Women, Men & Authentic Reproductive Justice,” March 2014

University of St. Thomas Law School, Presentation and Discussion with Notre Dame History Professor Gail Bederman on Women’s Equality and Abortion, November 2013

Fordham University School of Law, Keynote Speaker, “Law & the Gospel of Life II,” May 2013

United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women, “A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence,” March 2013

National Press Club, Symposium, “Planned Parenthood v. Casey’s Impact on Abortion Jurisprudence,” panelist, May 2012

Women, Sex & Church “book tour”: Clarion University, November 2013; Archdiocese of Boston, May 2012; Providence College, April 2012; Notre Dame Edith Stein conference, February 2012;Dartmouth College, April 2011; Boston College, November, 2011; St. Mary’s College, November 2010; Boston College (book launch), September 2010

University Faculty for Life, Annual Conference, Plenary Address, “Embodied Equality,” Catholic University of America, June 2010

The Center for Ethics and Culture, Panelist, “The Family: Searching for Fairest Love” Conference, University of Notre Dame, November 6-8, 2008

“The Cost of ‘Choice’” book tour: Princeton University, 2008; Wheaton College, 2008; College of St. Elizabeth, October 2006; Boston College, October 2006 and December 2004; Notre Dame Law School, March 2006; Boston University, March 2006; Wellesley College, March 2006; Harvard Law School, February 2005; Catholic University Law School, January 2005 (panel); American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Conference, January 2005

Presentations for Catholic women’s conferences, parishes, and various student groups not included

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Boston University School of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2002

Boston College, Masters of Theology, with distinction, 1999

  •  Bradley Fellowship, Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion

Middlebury College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, 1997

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