I am delighted to welcome Professor Nancy E. Dowd who will be joining us for a guest visit this month. Professor Dowd holds the David H. Levin Chair in Family Law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Professor Dowd’s research focuses on social justice issues connected to family law, and therefore touches on not only family law but also juvenile law, constitutional law, race and gender analysis, and social change theories. She is currently engaged in research and writing about a developmental model of equality and focusing on the life course of African American boys from birth to age 18. Two of Professor Dowd’s most recent books focus on the radical reform needed in the juvenile justice system. Justice for Kids: Keeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System (NYU Press 2011) brings together activists and scholars to articulate ways to keep kids out of the juvenile justice system, by diversion into other more helpful and supportive resolutions. A New Juvenile Justice System: Total Reform for a Broken System (NYU Press 2015) articulates the vision of a new youth justice system focused on child well being and public safety. Her other recent book is The Man Question: Male Privilege and Subordination (NYU Press 2010), in which she explores masculinities theories as a means to expand gender analysis and also incorporate other hierarchies that affect gender, particularly race and class.
Professor Dowd served as the Director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law until 2015, and in that role focused on issues of juvenile justice, social justice, non-traditional families, gay and lesbian rights, and collaboration with the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations on issues of race and families. While director, she was also involved with successful grants that established the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic led by Professor Teresa Drake, a groundbreaking collaboration between law and medicine to establish a cutting edge clinic. That work has exposed the importance of trauma informed scholarship and service, and feeds back into Professor Dowd’s current scholarship as well.
Her other recent publications include:
- A Developmental Equality Model for the Best Interests of Children, in Implementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Best Interests, Welfare and Well-Being (Elaine E. Sutherland & Lesley Anne Barnes Macfarlane, eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016)
- Collaborative Law at Divorce in the United States, in “Le ragioni degli altri”. Mediazione e famiglia tra conflitto e dialogo: una prospettiva comparatistica ed interdisciplinare (“The reasons of the others.” Mediation and family between conflict and dialogue: a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective) (Elena Urso ed. 2014).
- Unfinished Equality: The Case of Black Boys, 2 Ind. J.L. & Soc. Equality 36 (2013)
- What Men? The Essentialist Error of The “End of Men,” 93 B.U. L. Rev. 1203
- Asking the Man Question: Masculinities Analysis and Feminist Theory, in Exploring Masculinities: Feminist Legal Theory Reflections (Michael Thomson & Martha Fineman eds., Ashgate 2013)
- Sperm, Testosterone, Masculinities, and Fatherhood, 13 Nev. L.J. 101 (2013)
- Fatherhood and Equality: Reconfiguring Masculinities, XLV Suffolk U. L. Rev. 1049 (2012)
- Masculinities and Law: Feminist Legal Theory Meets Masculinities Theory (with Nancy Levit & Ann McGinley), in Masculinities and Law: A Multidimensional Approach (Frank Rudy Cooper & Ann McGinley eds., New York University Press, 2012)
You can find her ssrn page here