Linda McClain

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow
(Boston University School of Law)
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309 Marx Hall

Linda C. McClain is professor of law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar at Boston University School of Law, and affiliated faculty with the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at BU.  She teaches family law, feminist legal theory, and gender and law. Her scholarship addresses the respective roles of families, other institutions of civil society, and government in fostering citizens’ capacities for democratic and personal self-government.  While at Princeton, she will work on a book examining the rhetoric of bigotry and conscience in controversies over same-sex, interracial, and interfaith marriage as well as in controversies over religious exemptions from antidiscrimination laws.  Her books include: The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility (Harvard University Press, 2006), and Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues (Harvard University Press, 2013) (with LAPA Fellow James E. Fleming). She is a former Faculty Fellow in Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics. McClain recently became a member of the American Law Institute.