Martha Chamallas

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Visiting Professor of Law

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  • Professor Martha Chamallas is a Distinguished University Professor and Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law Emerita at the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University. She is a leading scholar in torts, feminist legal theory, and employment discrimination law. She writes on gender, race and social justice issues in tort law and is the author of The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law (with Jennifer B. Wriggins) (NYU Press, 2010) and Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Torts Opinions (with Lucinda M. Finley) (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Her treatises – Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory (3d ed. 2003) and Principles of Employment Discrimination Law (2d ed. 2023)—survey legal developments and major scholarship in the two fields. She is as editor of The Oxford Handbook of Feminism and Law in the U.S. (with Deborah L. Brake and Verna L. Williams) (Oxford University Press, 2023) and has authored more than 60 articles, chapters, and essays in law journals such as the Michigan Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the University of Chicago Law ReviewUCLA Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review. She is a member of the American Law Institute and has participated on Gender and Race Bias Task Forces for the states of Iowa and Pennsylvania.

    Following graduation from law school, Professor Chamallas clerked for the Honorable Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Civil Rights Division.

    Prior to joining Ohio State in 2002, Professor Chamallas served on the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the Louisiana State University Law Center, and the University of Iowa College of Law. She has held visiting positions at Harvard Law School, the Washington University School of Law, Richmond School of Law, the University of Ghent, and Suffolk University School of Law. She also served as the chair of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Iowa. In Fall 2023, she will teach torts at Fordham Law School.

    Professor Chamallas was the recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006, the University Distinguished Scholar Award in 2013 and was named Distinguished University Professor in 2021. She received the William L. Prosser Award for distinguished scholarship in tort law in 2022.