Deborah Dinner

Deborah Dinner

Associate Professor of Law


B.A., 1999, Yale University
J.D., 2005, Yale University
M.Phil., 2007, Yale University
Ph.D., 2012, Yale University

Curriculum Vitae





Nancy Cummings - (314) 935-7967

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-3532


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 557

Courses Taught

American Legal History
Constitutional Law
Employment Discrimination
Family Law


Deborah Dinner’s scholarship examines the historical relationship between social movements, political culture, and legal change. Her most recent article, forthcoming in the Washington University Law Review, explores the discursive strategies of feminists, market conservatives, and anti-abortion activists in debates about pregnancy discrimination during the 1970s. She has written extensively about the history of feminist legal activism, analyzing evolving understandings of sex equality, reproductive liberty, antidiscrimination law, and distributive justice. These pieces have appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and Law & History Review. Professor Dinner is currently working on an article about the fathers’ rights movement and the revolution in family law, from 1960 to 1990. She is also working on a book project analyzing how feminists, business groups, and New Right activists transformed the legal regulation of reproductive labor in the late twentieth century. Dinner earned her J.D. and Ph.D. in history at Yale. Prior to joining the Washington University law faculty, she clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and served as the Raoul Berger–Mark DeWolfe Howe Legal History Fellow at Harvard University and the Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law.