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. 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 founding 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.

Professor Kim has served as an appointed member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. She 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 Community Advisory Board of the Center for Urban Youth and Families of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Professor Kim also serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. Professor Kim is 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. 



The Process of Relational Migration (in-progress).

Relational Migration, 77 Ohio St. L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2016).

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

Gender in the Context of Same-Sex Divorce and Relationship Dissolution, Fam. Ct. Rev. (forthcoming 2017) (special issue eds. Carlos Ball and Charlotte Patterson (with Edward Stein).

Marriage Equalities: Gender and Social Norms in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriage (NYU Press, in progress).

Social Rites of Marriage, 17 Georgetown J. of Gender and L. ___ (forthcoming 2016) (with Katherine A. Thurman).

Mapping Gender and Social Norms in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriage, 38 Women’s Rights Law Reporter 1 (forthcoming 2016).

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 Yale J.L. and 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” Scholarly 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).


  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Family Law