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Robin A. Lenhardt

Fordham Law Professor Robin Lenhardt

Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center on Race, Law and Justice

Curriculum Vitae
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Telephone: 212-636-7608
Office: Room 7-110

Faculty Assistant: Emma Mercer


Robin A. Lenhardt is a Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the recently launched Center on Race, Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. Professor Lenhardt specializes in matters pertaining to race, family, and citizenship. In addition to Fordham, she has held teaching positions at Columbia Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Chicago Law School. Before entering legal academia, Professor Lenhardt held a number of positions in the private and non-profit sectors. A law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Judge Hugh Bownes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Professor Lenhardt was formerly a Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where she was a member of the litigation team that defended the University of Michigan in the Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger affirmative action lawsuits. Professor Lenhardt received a Skadden Foundation Fellowship to work as a staff attorney for the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and was employed as an attorney advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. She later returned to DOJ to review civil rights issues as part of President Barack Obama’s transition team. Professor Lenhardt’s scholarship has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the California Law Review, the New York University Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review. Professor Lenhardt is currently co-editor of a book entitled Critical Race Judgements: U.S. Opinions on Race and Law that will be published by Cambridge University Press. She holds an A.B. degree in English from Brown University; a JD from Harvard Law School; an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and an LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Selected Publications


  • Critical Race Judgements: Rewritten Opinions on Race and Law (with Capers, Carbado & Onwuachi-Willig) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2017)

Articles and Essays

  • Black Citizenship Through Marriage?: Reflections on the Moynihan Report at 50, 25 S. Cal. Interdisciplinary L. J. __ (2016)
  • Marriage as Black Citizenship?, 66 Hastings L. J. 101 (2015)
  • Race, Dignity, and the Right to Marry, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 53 (2015)
  • According to Our Hearts” and Location: Toward a Structuralist Approach to the Study of Interracial Families, 16 Iowa J. Gender, Race & Justice 741 (2013)
  • Integrating Equal Marriage, 81 Fordham L. Rev. 761 (2012)
  • Race Audits, 62 Hastings L. J. 1527 (2011)
  • Rethinking Work and Citizenship, 55 UCLA L. Rev. 1161 (2008) (with Jennifer Gordon)
  • Citizenship Talk: Bridging the Boundaries Between Immigration and Race Perspectives, 75 Fordham L. Rev. 2493 (2007) (with Jennifer Gordon)
  • Understanding the Mark: Race, Stigma, and Equality in Context, 79 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 803 (2004).
  • Rethinking Work and Citizenship, UCLA Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 1161 (2008) (with Jennifer Gordon)

Book Chapters

  • Perez v. Sharp and the Limits of Loving in Loving In a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage (Kevin Maillard & Rose Cuison Villazor , eds., 2012)
  • The Story of Perez v. Sharp: Forgotten Lesson on Race, Law, and Marriage in Race Law Stories, (Devon W. Carbado &  Rachel F. Moran, eds., 2008)
  • The Racial Subject in Legal Theory in The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Keith E. Whittington, et al., eds., 2008) (with Sheila Foster)


  • LLM, Georgetown University Law Center, 2004
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1995
  • MPA, Harvard University, JFK School of Government, 1995
  • AB, Brown University, 1989