OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Serena Mayeri

Portrait of Serena Mayeri

Serena Mayeri is a professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also a core faculty member in the program in gender, sexuality, and women's studies. She teaches courses in family law, employment discrimination, gender and the law, and legal history. Her scholarship focuses on the historical impact of progressive and conservative social movements on legal and constitutional change. Her book Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (2011) received the OAH Darlene Clark Hine Award and the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold Prize. Her current book project, tentatively entitled "The Status of Marriage: Marital Supremacy Challenged and Remade, 1960–2000," examines the history of challenges to marriage's primacy as a legal institution and a source of public and private benefits.

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