Elizabeth D. Katz Named 2022 Haub Law Emerging Scholar in Women, Gender & Law

August 3, 2022
Elizabeth Katz

Professor Elizabeth D. Katz of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law has been selected as the 2021-2022 Haub Law Emerging Scholar in Gender & Law for her paper Sex, Suffrage, and State Constitutional Law: Women’s Legal Right to Hold Public Office, 33 Yale J. Law & Feminism. 110 (2022). Professor Katz is an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis School. During the 2022-2023 academic year, Professor Katz will be a visiting professor of law at Northwestern, Duke, and Boston College. She teaches first-year criminal law, family law, and a seminar on the law’s treatment of race and religion in family contexts, historically and today.

Professor Katz’s research interests include the development of family law and criminal law doctrines and institutions, with special attention to the influence of gender, religion, and race. Her scholarship exploring these issues  has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the and the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law.

Professor Katz received her BA, MA, and JD from the University of Virginia and her MA and PhD in History from Harvard University. Prior to her academic work, Professor Katz worked at Covington & Burling LLP. She also clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz of the United States District Court, District of Maryland.

“Elizabeth Katz has written a masterful piece of legal history, uncovering the multiple strategies that women used to secure their right to hold public office in this country," said Haub Law Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Emily Gold Waldman. "Although we now have a female Vice President of the United States, we cannot take women’s leadership for granted. As Professor Katz shows, there were complex state-by-state battles up through the 1940s. Through litigation, lobbying, and even constitutional reform, women finally secured the right to fully participate as leaders in public life.”


The Haub Law Emerging Scholar Award is presented annually in recognition of excellent legal scholarship related to women, gender and the law published by an individual with five or fewer years of full-time teaching experience. The Haub Law School invites the award recipient to present their winning scholarship to the Haub Law community. After an open call for submissions, papers are reviewed on a blind basis by three members of the Haub Law faculty with expertise in this area. The 2022 judges were Noa Ben-Asher, Bridget Crawford, and Emily Gold Waldman.

Nominations are due by July 1 of each year and can be directed to Professor Bridget Crawford.

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