Introducing Guest Blogger Mary Anne Franks

I am delighted to introduce Mary Anne Franks, who has been doing exciting work in a wide array of areas.  Professor Franks is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and criminal procedure.  Her research focuses on prejudice and discrimination, and draws on her background in philosophy and psychoanalytic theory.  Among her current projects are From Coverture to Conspiracy and Back Again: Women, Coercion, and Crime, exploring how the law has changed, but not necessarily evolved, in its treatment of women’s criminality, and How to Feel Like a Woman, Or Why Incarceration is a Drag, on femininity as punishment.  Professor Franks’s other recent work examines the causes and the consequences of online harassment: Unwilling Avatars: Idealism and Discrimination in Cyberspace, forthcoming in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law; The Banality of Cyber Discrimination (The Eternal Recurrence of September), in 87 DU Process 5 (2010); and Sexual Harassment 2.0, now in its final draft stage.  All of these works can be found here.

Before joining the UM faculty in 2010, Professor Franks was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2007, her D.Phil from Oxford University in 2004, and her M.Phil in 2001, also from Oxford. Between graduate school and the Bigelow Fellowship, Professor Franks taught courses in social theory, literature, and philosophy at Harvard University and other institutions, and served as a Senior Consultant for a negotiation firm.

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2 Responses

  1. A “background in philosophy and psychoanalytic theory” is unusual (at least among law profs) and refreshingly so (and the two are often complementary, as in the works of Jonathan Lear, Sebastian Gardner, Ilham Dilman, Richard Wollheim, Alfred Tauber, Marcia Cavell…).

  2. wow says:

    There was a thread on Prawfs a couple years ago about how the Southern Florida schools always seem to hire the most beautiful people . . . that seems very true here (with plenty of brains, too, apparently).