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





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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. Dinner’s current research project is a book titled Contested Labor: Social Reproduction, Work, and Law, 1964-2010. The book examines legal and political debates among feminists, employers, and social conservative activists about the relationship between motherhood and women’s labor market participation. Dinner’s forthcoming article “The Divorce Bargain: The Fathers’ Rights Movement and Family Inequalities” was selected for presentation at the 2014 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum and is forthcoming in Volume 102 of the Virginia Law Review. Dinner has written several articles on the legal history of feminist activism in the late twentieth century. These pieces have appeared in the Washington University Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and Law & History Review. 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.