Professor Dorothy Roberts

Professor of Law and Sociology and Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania. Author of “Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty”. Advocate for reproductive justice in the law. Scholar of the impact of issues in health, social justice, and bioethics on the lives of women, children, and African Americans.

Roberts is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania with joint appointments at the law school and the sociology department.

In the words of the HLS community member who nominated her, “Dorothy Roberts is an inspirational and prolific scholar whose work explores the intersections of race, class, gender, and reproductive freedom. She spoke at Harvard Law School last semester at an event sponsored by Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice, where she led an important conversation about the intersection of race and reproductive technology.”