Professor of Law and Judge Denny Chin Scholar
Suzanne Kim
Newark Campus
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Suzanne A. Kim’s scholarship addresses intersections of family, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and culture from legal and socio-legal perspectives. She has been Associate Dean for Faculty Development and has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. She has taught at Stanford and Fordham Schools of Law and has been a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School.

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Suzanne A. Kim is Professor of Law and Judge Denny Chin Scholar at Rutgers Law School. Her research and teaching focus on family, procedure, constitutional law, antidiscrimination, critical theory, and socio-legal studies. Her interdisciplinary scholarship examines relationships between law, critical theory, and social sciences in relation to the regulation of intimacies, gender, family, discrimination, and resilience.

Professor Kim has served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Rutgers Law. A recipient of the Dream Professor Award from the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law, Professor Kim has been a visiting scholar at Emory University's interdisciplinary Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative and Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and has also taught at Fordham Law School. She is the founder and director of the interdisciplinary Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Department of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She has served as an appointed member of the Chancellor's Commission on Diversity and Transformation of Rutgers University-Newark. Professor Kim is a 2011 winner of the Association of American Law Schools Women in Legal Education New Voices in Gender Studies Paper Competition.

She has served as an appointed member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns and has practiced law as a litigation associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York and received the firm’s Pro Bono Service Award. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Kim was a lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School in what is now the Thomas C. Grey Fellowship program.

A member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, Professor Kim also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Rutgers University-Newark P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship. She is a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Center for Urban Youth and Families of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a member of the Board of Advisors of the nonprofit organization Unchained at Last. 

Professor Kim earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. 



Marriage Equalities: Gender and Social Norms in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriage (contracted with New York University Press in leading series Families, Law, and Society) (monograph in-progress).

Commentary on Michael H v. Gerald D, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Family Law (ed. Rachel Rebouche) (forthcoming).

Commentary on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, in Reproductive Justice Re-Written (ed. Kimberly Mutcherson) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming, 2019).

Gender, Law, and Social Perspectives in Same-Sex Divorce and Dissolution, ___ Fam. Ct. Rev. ___ (with Edward Stein) (special issue eds. Carlos Ball & Charlotte Patterson) (forthcoming 2017).

Divorce, Gender Dynamics, and Same-Sex Marriage, in LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution: Scientific and Legal Perspectives and Implications for Practice (with Edward Stein) (eds. Abbie Goldberg & Adam Romero) (Oxford University Press) (forthcoming, 2017).

Mapping Gender and Social Norms in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriage, Symposium: Rutgers Celebrates Beijing+20: Gender Equality on the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995), 38 Women’s Rts. L. Rep. 1 (forthcoming).

The Process of Relational Migration (in-progress).

Relational Migration, 77 Ohio State L.J. 981 (2016), Paper Colloquium on Anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, with introduction by Justice John Paul Stevens (Ret.) and articles by Susan Frelich Appleton, Jane S. Schacter, and Marc Spindelman).

Social Rites of Marriage, 17 Geo. J. Gender L. 745 (2016) (with Katherine A. Thurman).

In the Matter of Baby M (1988), in Courting Justice: Ten New Jersey Cases that Shook the Nation (ed., Paul Tractenberg, Rutgers University Press, 2013).

The Neutered Parent, 24.1 Yale J.L. & Feminism 1 (2012).

Skeptical Marriage Equality, 34 Harv. J.L. & Gender 37 (2011) (co-winner of AALS Women in Legal Education New Voices in Gender Studies Paper Competition).

“Bridging Marriage Skepticism and Marriage Equality, in Essays On the Cutting Edge: Charting the Future of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Scholarship, 19 Tul. J.L. & Sexuality 174 (2010).

Marital Naming/Naming Marriage: Language and Status in Family Law, 85 Ind. L.J. 893 (2010). 

Reconstructing Family Privacy, 57 Hastings L.J. 557 (2006).

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