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Criminal Law
Feminist Legal Theory
Reproductive Justice

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Canvas (January 2015)

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Nancy Ehrenreich

Reproductive Rights
Critical Race and Gender Theory
Criminal Law


B.A., 1974, Yale University
J.D., 1979, LL.M, 1982, University of Virginia

Nancy Ehrenreich is a Midwesterner by birth, but has spent many years on the East Coast and in Colorado. She attended Mount Holyoke College before completing her undergraduate work at Yale, and later lived in Charlottesville, Va. for 13 years. After law school, she spent more than two years living in a small village in Togo, West Africa. She speaks Kabiye, the local language of that area, as well as fluent Spanish and rusty French. Ehrenreich is a member of the national board of governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, which is the country’s largest membership organization for law professors, and a leading voice in the legal academy for defending academic freedom and promoting social justice. She is also on the board of directors (and also co-chair) of LatCrit Inc., a national organization dedicated to the development of critical scholarship and pedagogy, and a member of the National Lawyers Guild. Ehrenreich joined the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1989. She was tenured in 1995 and promoted to full professor in 2002. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, riding her horse and spending time with her daughter, dogs and cat.

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Featured Publications

  • Breastfeeding on a Nickel and a Dime: Why the Affordable Care Act Won’T Help Low-Wage Mothers, co-authored with jaime siebrase, Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Forthcoming.
  • The Global Politics of Food: A Critical Overview, co-authored with Beth Lyon, 43 University of Miami Inter-American Law Review 1 (2011).
  • The Reproductive Rights Reader: Law, Medicine, and the Construction of Motherhood, NYU Press, 2007.
  • "Intersex Surgery, Female Genital Cutting, and the Selective Condemnation of 'Cultural Practices''", co-authored with with Mark Barr, 40 HARV. C.R.- C.L. L. REV. 71 (2005).
  • "Disguising Empire: Racialized Masculinity and the 'Civilizing' of Iraq", 52 CLEVELAND ST. L. REV. 131 (2005) (publishing papers presented at the Seventh Annual LatCrit Conference).