Peggie R. Smith
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and 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
Carol Sharp- (314) 935-6420
Phone / Email
Phone: (314) 935-6406
Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 543
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.
Forthcoming Scholarship and Works in Progress
- "The Pitfalls of Home: Protecting the Health and Safety of Paid Domestics," 22 Canadian Journal of Women & Law (forthcoming 2011)
- "The Future of Family Caregiving: The Value of Work-Family Strategies that Benefit Both Care Consumers and Paid Care Workers," Confronting the "Opt-Out Revolution": Women in Today’s Workforce, New York University Press (forthcoming 2011)
- "‘Work like any Other, Work Like No Other’: Establishing Decent Work for Domestic Service Workers"
- "When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary: Compensating Family Caregivers in the Workers’ Compensation Context"
- Principles of Employment Law (with R. Gely, A. Hodges, & S. Stabile), West Publishing Concise Hornbook Series (2009)
Recent Books Chapters & Articles
- "Union Representation of Child-Care Workers in the United States," Comparative Patriarchy & American Institutions (ed. M.F.M. Feely), Université de Savoie Press (2009)
- "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)