Dara E. Purvis
J.D., Yale Law School
M. Phil., University of Cambridge
B.A., University of Southern California
Professor Dara E. Purvis is a scholar of family law, contracts, feminist legal theory, and sexuality and the law. She is particularly interested in the intersection between gender stereotypes and the law. Her work examines gendered impacts of the law and proposes neutralizing reforms, most recently in the context of how the law defines parenthood.
Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Purvis was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and a visiting fellow at the University of Kent Research Centre for Law, Gender, and Sexuality. A former editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, she clerked for The Hon. Gerard E. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and The Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Police Sexual Violence and Combating Systemic Harms (coauthored with Melissa Blanco) (forthcoming in California Law Review, 2020).
Gender Stereotypes and Gender Identity in Public Schools, 54 University of Richmond Law Review 927 (2020).
The Constitutionalization of Fatherhood, 69 Case Western Law Review 541 (2019).
Trump, Gender Rebels, and Masculinities 54 Wake Forest Law Review 423 (2019).
The Rules of Maternity, 84 Tennessee Law Review 367 (2017).
Transgender Children, the Heckler’s Veto, and Teaching Early Acceptance, in Austin Sarat (ed.) Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Volume 72) Emerald Publishing Limited, pp.219 - 252 (2017).
Expectant Fathers, Abortion and Embryos, 43 J. L. Med. & Ethics 330 (2015).
The Origin of Parental Rights: Labor, Intent, and Fathers, 41 Fl. St. Univ. L. Rev. 645 (2014).
The Sexual Orientation of Fatherhood, 2013 Mich. St. L. Rev. 983.
Gendered Self-Evaluation of Female Law Students, Symposium: Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power, 2012 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1693 (2013).
Intended Parents and the Problem of Perspective, 24 Yale J. L. & Feminism 210 (2012).
Clinical Evidence as Gendered, 21 Tex. J. Women & L. 85 (2011).
Evaluating Legal Activism: A Response to Rosenberg, 17 Buff. J. Gender L. & Soc. Pol’y 1 (2009).
Government Advertising Space: Lessons for the “Choose Life” Specialty License Plate Controversy, 3 Original L. Rev. 28 (2007).
The Right to Contract: Use of Domestic Partnership as a Strategic Alternative to the Right to Marry Same-Sex Partners, 28 Women’s Rts. L. Rep. 145 (Spring/Summer 2007).
Rewritten Reber v. Reiss, Reproductive Justice Rewritten (ed. Kimberly Mutcherson), Cambridge University Press (2020).
Irish Fatherhood in the Twentieth Century, Ireland and Masculinities in History: From the Sixteenth Century to the Present, Genders and Sexualities in History series, Palgrave Macmillan (2019).
A Feminist Rewriting of Frontiero v. Richardson, The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project (eds. Linda Berger, Bridget Crawford, & Kathryn Stanchi), Cambridge University Press (2016).
Book Reviews and Commentary
Article Review, Abortion, Motherhood, and Donald Trump, Jotwell Family Law Section (2019).
Article Review, Are Breastfeeding Protections Anti-Feminist?, Jotwell Family Law Section (2018).
Op-Ed, When Judges Prey on Clerks, N.Y. Times (Dec. 13, 2017).
Book Review, Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood. Amanda K. Baumle & D’Lane R. Compton, 9 Journal of Family Theory and Review 412 (2017).
Article Review, Personal Narrative and Paternal Stereotypes, Jotwell Family Law Section (2017).
Article Review, Inconsistency, Marriage Equality, and Legal Change by Stealth, Jotwell Family Law Section (forthcoming 2016).
Book Review, Merle Weiner, A Parent Partner Status for American Family Law, 31 Berkeley J. Gender, L. & Just. (forthcoming 2016).
Book Review, Leigh Ann Wheeler, How Sex Became a Civil Liberty, 2 Indiana J. L. & Social Equality 271 (2014).
Book Review, Joanna L. Grossman & Lawrence L. Friedman, Inside the Castle: Law and Family in 20th Century America, 30 L. & History Rev. 448 (2012).
Of Financial Rights of Assisted Reproductive Technology Non-Marital Children and Back-up Plans, 83 S. Cal. L. Rev. Postscript (Jan. 2011).
Comment, Overruling the Jury: Duncan v. GMC and Appellate Treatment of Hostile Work Environment Judgments, 24 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 485 (2006).
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