Peggie R. Smith

Charles F. Nagel Professor of Employment and Labor Law


B.A., 1987, Yale University
M.A., 1990, Yale University
J.D., 1993, Harvard Law School

Curriculum Vitae




Bev Owens - (314) 935-6482

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6406
Email: prsmith@wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 543

Courses Taught

Employment Relationships
Employment Discrimination
Comparative Employment Law
Gender, Work and the Law (seminar)


Professor Peggie R. Smith is a leading scholar in the regulation of care work that occurs both inside and outside the home, including child care, home care, and elder care. Co-author of a treatise on employment law, she has published widely on issues such as home-based care work, work and family balance, parental-status employment discrimination, and elder care. Professor Smith regularly presents her scholarship at conferences and colloquia throughout the United States and overseas. In addition to her research and teaching, she is a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the law school’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital. Among her professional affiliations, she serves on the Executive Committee and as secretary of the Labor Law Group, a national organization of leading scholars in labor and employment law. Professor Smith is also on the editorial board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal and on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law. Prior to joining the faculty, she clerked for the Hon. Michael Boudin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; earned an M.A. in African American Studies; and held several teaching fellowships and positions at other law schools. Professor Smith also has taught overseas at the University of Trento, Faculty of Jurisprudence, in Trento, Italy.

Representative Publications

Books and Book Chapters

  • The Future of Family Caregiving: The Value of Work-Family Strategies that Benefit Both Care Consumers and Paid Care Workers in WOMEN WHO OPT OUT: THE DEBATE OVER WORKING MOTHERS AND WORK-FAMILY BALANCE (New York University Press 2012)
  • "Union Representation of Child-Care Workers in the United States," Comparative Patriarchy & American Institutions (ed. M.F.M. Feely), Université de Savoie Press (2009)
  • Principles of Employment Law (with R. Gely, A. Hodges, & S. Stabile), West Publishing Concise Hornbook Series (2009)

Selected Publications

  • "Who Will Care for the Elderly?: The Future of Home Care," 61 Buffalo Law Review 323 (2013) [Article]
  • "The Pitfalls of Home: Protecting the Health and Safety of Paid Domestic Workers," 23 Canadian Journal of Women & Law 309 (2011) [SSRN]
  • "Work like any Other, Work Like No Other: Establishing Decent Work for Domestic Service Workers," 15 Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal 159 (2011) [SSRN]
  • "Aging and Caring in the Home: Regulating Paid Domesticity in the Twenty-First Century," 92 Iowa Law Review 1837 (2007); excerpted in Bioethics and the Law (eds. J. Dolgin & L. Shepherd) Aspen Publishing (2d ed., 2009)