Noa Ben-Asher

  • Professor of Law
Preston Hall 219
Office Hours: Contact professor directly for appointment.
Assistant: Susie Della Ruffa
Preston Hall 314
(914) 422-4259


LLB, Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law (Ramat-Gan, Israel)
LLM, New York University School of Law
JSD, New York University School of Law

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Rachael Silva
Assistant Dean for External Affairs
(914) 422-4354

Professor Noa Ben-Asher joined the Pace Law School faculty in August 2009 from the Associate-in-Law program at Columbia Law School (2007-2009). Prior to their associateship, they were a Williams Fellow at the University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law (2006), where they taught at the department of LGBT studies. From 2004-2005, they practiced in the litigation department of Proskauer Rose LLP in New York. They are a graduate of New York University School of Law (LLM 2001; JSD 2006), and Bar-Ilan University School of Law (LLB 1999). At Pace, Professor Ben-Asher teaches Torts; Family Law; and Sexuality, Gender & the Law.  Professor Ben-Asher was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School for the academic year 2014-2015, and a visiting professor at Columbia Law School for the academic year 2015-2016.




Secular-Christian Social Justice (forthcoming NYU Press 2023)


The Emergency Next Time, 18 Stan J. C.R. & C.L 51 (2022)

How to Bring Your Kids up Queer: Family Law Realism, Then and Now, Fam. L. Q (forthcoming 2022) (with Kris Franklin) (invited contribution)

Queer Political Theology from QAnon to Greta Thunberg, in ENTICEMENTS: QUEER LEGAL STUDIES (Cossman & Fischel eds. NYU Press, forthcoming 2021)

Trauma-Centered Social Justice, 95 TULANE. L. REV. 95 (2020)

The Right Family, 39 COLUM. J. GENDER & L. 1 (2020) (with Margot J. Pollans).

Of Trauma and Power: Celebrity Sexual Misconduct Tribunals, Critical Analysis of Law 6:1 (2019) (invited contribution)

Laws of Sex, Changed, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF L. & HUMANITIES (Del Mar, Meyler & Stern Eds.) (2019) (invited contribution).

How is Sex Harassment Discriminatory? 94 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online 25 (2018) (contribution to Feminist Judgments Symposium).

Faith-Based Emergency Powers, 41 Harv. J. L. & Gender 269 (2018).

In the Shadow of a Myth: Bargaining for Same-Sex Divorce, 78 Ohio St. L.J. 1345 (2017).

Harms, Establishment and the Homosexual Question (section introduction in RELIGION, LAW & HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES, Lynch, Cohen & Sepper eds., Cambridge U. Press 2017).

The Two Laws of Sex Stereotyping, 57 B. C. L. Rev. 1187 (2016) (winner of 2017 Goettel Prize for Faculty Scholarship).

Conferring Dignity: The Metamorphosis of the Legal Homosexual, 37 Harv. J. L. & Gender 243 (2014).

The Lawmaking Family," 90 Wash. U. L. Rev. 363 (2012) (winner of 2013 Goettel Prize for Faculty Scholarship).

Obligatory Health, 15 Yale Hum. Rights & Dev. J 1 (2012).

Legalism and Decisionism in Crisis, 71 Ohio St. L. J. 699 (2010).

Legal Holes, 5 Unbound 1 (2009).

The Curing Law: On the Legal Evolution of Baby-Making Markets," 30 Cardozo L. Rev. 1885 (2009).

Who Says ‘I Do’? (Reviewing Judith Butler & Gayatri Spivak, Who Sings the Nation-State?), 21 Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 245 (2009).

The Necessity of Sex Change: A Struggle for Intersex and Transsex Liberties, 29 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 51 (2006).

Paradoxes of Health and Equality: When a Boy Becomes a Girl, 16 Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 275 (2004).

Screening Historical Sexualities: Roundtable on Sodomy, South Africa, and Proteus, 11 GLQ: A Journal of Gay & Lesbian Studies 437 (with Bruce Brassel, Daniel Garrett, John Greyson, Jack Lewis and Susan Newton-King) (2005).