Dorothy Roberts
Professor of Law & Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
Chair, Board of Directors, Black Women's Health Imperative
Black Women's Health Imperative
United States

Dorothy Roberts is the University of Pennsylvania’s fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, effective July 1, 2012. She is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology. Her appointment will be shared between the Law School, where she will also be the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander ED’18, GR’21, L’27 Professor of Civil Rights, and the Department of Sciology in the School of Arts and Sciences.

She was previously at the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, with joint appointments in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology, and as a faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research. She has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare. She is the author of the award-winning books Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (1997) and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (2002), and recently published Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (The New Press, 2011). She is also a frequent speaker at university campuses, social justice organizations, and other public forums. Professor Roberts has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Fordham, a fellow at Harvard’s Program in Ethics and the Professions and at Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and a Fulbright scholar at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies in Trinidad & Tobago, where she conducted research on gender, sexuality, and HIV in the Caribbean.

She serves on the board of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, and Generations Ahead, on the executive committee of Cells to Society: The Center on Social Disparities and Health, and on the Standards Working Group of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. 

Sessions I'm Associated With


Monday 23 July 2012: 1:10pm - 2:30pm
Tuesday 24 July 2012: 2:00pm - 4:00pm



Tuesday 27 July 2010: 4:05pm - 5:20pm
Wednesday 28 July 2010: 2:45pm - 4:15pm