Kimberly A. Yuracko

Dean
Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Law


Biography

Kimberly Yuracko was appointed dean of Northwestern Law in September 2018. Dean Yuracko joined the Northwestern Law faculty in 2002 and served as its associate dean for academic affairs: faculty and research from 2009 to 2010. She holds a joint appointment in the department of political science in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Her primary research interests are in antidiscrimination law with a focus on sex discrimination in employment and gender equity in education. Dean Yuracko has published prolifically on these topics. Her books include Gender Nonconformity and the Law, published in 2016 by Yale University Press, and Perfectionism and Contemporary Feminist Values, published in 2003 by Indiana University Press, as well as numerous articles in distinguished journals. 

Dean Yuracko teaches courses in employment law, property, and family law, and has been a visiting professor at NYU School of Law and UCLA School of Law, as well as a political science lecturer at the University of California at Irvine.

Dean Yuracko earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in political science and honors in feminist studies, a Ph.D. in political science, and a law degree, all from Stanford University. She went on to clerk for the Honorable Gary L. Taylor, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and later for the Honorable Stanley Marcus, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Miami.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Property Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Women and the Law


Selected Publications

  • GENDER NONCONFORMITY AND THE LAW (2016).
  • Cases and Materials on Feminist Jurisprudence: Taking Women Seriously, 3rd edition (West Publishing 2007) (with Cynthia Grant Bowman, Mary E. Becker, and Victoria F. Nourse).
  • Perfectionism and Contemporary Feminist Values (Indiana University Press 2003).
  • Private Nurses and Playboy Bunnies: Explaining Permissible Sex Discrimination in 92 california law review 147-213 (2004).
  • Trait Discrimination as Race Discrimination: An Argument About Assimilation in 74 george washington law review (2006).
  • Trait Discrimination as Sex Discrimination: An Argument Against Neutrality in 83 texas law review 167-235 (2004).

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Joint Appointments


Education

  • BA, Stanford University
  • PhD, Stanford University
  • JD, Stanford University

Prior Appointments

  • Stanford Clinton Sr. and Zylpha Kilbride Clinton Research Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Interim Dean, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate, 2001, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Los Angeles
  • Law Clerk, 1999-2000, Hon. Stanley Marcus, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Law Clerk, 1998-1999, Hon. Gary L. Taylor, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Lecturer, 1999, University of California Irvine, Department of Political Science

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