Jill Hasday

Jill Hasday

  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor
  • Centennial Professor in Law
422 Mondale Hall


  • Yale University, B.A.
  • Yale Law School, J.D.


  • American Legal History
  • Anti-discrimination Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Disability
  • Domestic Violence
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Professor Jill Hasday teaches and writes about anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, family law, and legal history. She has written two books. Family Law Reimagined was published by Harvard University Press in 2014. Intimate Lies and the Law was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. It won the Scribes Book Award "for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year" and the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award for Family and Relationships.

Professor Hasday’s articles have appeared in many leading law reviews, including the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, New York University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Minnesota Law Review.

Professor Hasday received her B.A. from Yale University in 1994, graduating summa cum laude with distinction in history and winning election to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1997, Professor Hasday graduated from Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal and received honors in all graded courses. After law school, Professor Hasday clerked for Judge Patricia M. Wald of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Professor Hasday joined the University of Minnesota Law School as a tenured faculty member in 2005. She has been the Centennial Professor in Law since 2013.

In 2014, Professor Hasday became a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The University of Minnesota awards this honor to its "most distinguished and highest-achieving mid-career faculty."

In 2018 and 2024, Professor Hasday won the Stanley V. Kinyon Tenured Teacher of the Year Award.

Professor Hasday is the Editor-in-Chief of Constitutional Commentary. Please visit the journal's webpage for more information and past issues.

Professor Hasday also runs the Public Law Workshop, which brings nationally recognized scholars to Minnesota to present their current work on public law topics. See the most recent Public Law Workshop schedule.

Public Law Workshop

Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers

Sex Discrimination

Constitutional Law - Fourteenth Amendment


Intimate Lies and the Law (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Family Law Reimagined (Harvard University Press, 2014)

Journal Articles

Women's Exclusion from the Constitutional Canon, 2013 University of Illinois Law Review 1715 (2013), reprinted in Gender in Constitutional Law (Catharine A. MacKinnon, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018), and reprinted in Women and the Law 703-20 (Tracy A. Thomas, ed., Thomson Reuters, 2014)
Siblings in Law, 65 Vanderbilt Law Review 897 (2012)
Protecting Them from Themselves: The Persistence of Mutual Benefits Arguments for Sex and Race Inequality, 84 New York University Law Review 1464 (2009)
Fighting Women: The Military, Sex, and Extrajudicial Constitutional Change, 93 Minnesota Law Review 96 (2008), reprinted in Feminist Legal History: Essays on Women and Law 100-17 (Tracy A. Thomas & Tracey Jean Boisseau, eds., New York University Press, 2011), and reprinted in Women and the Law 819-75 (Jane Campbell Moriarty, ed., Thomson Reuters, 2010)
Intimacy and Economic Exchange, 119 Harvard Law Review 491 (2005)
The Canon of Family Law, 57 Stanford Law Review 825 (2004) (selected for Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum)
Mitigation and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 103 Michigan Law Review 217 (2004)
The Principle and Practice of Women's "Full Citizenship": A Case Study of Sex-Segregated Public Education, 101 Michigan Law Review 755 (2002)
Parenthood Divided: A Legal History of the Bifurcated Law of Parental Relations, 90 Georgetown Law Journal 299 (2002)
Contest and Consent: A Legal History of Marital Rape, 88 California Law Review 1373 (2000) (selected for Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum)
Federalism and the Family Reconstructed, 45 UCLA Law Review 1297 (1998)
Interstate Compacts in a Democratic Society: The Problem of Permanency, 49 Florida Law Review 1 (1997)
Civil War as Paradigm: Reestablishing the Rule of Law at the End of the Cold War, 5 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 129 (Winter 1996) (awarded the Edgar M. Cullen Prize)

Book Reviews

Preaching to the Choir, 105 Yale Law Journal 1153 (1996) (reviewing Richard A. Epstein, Simple Rules for a Complex World (Harvard University Press, 1995))