photo by Bob Krasner

Julie c. suk

Julie Chi-hye Suk is Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Liberal Studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is also a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School for 2020-21. Prior to joining The Graduate Center, Suk was a law professor for 13 years on the faculty at the Cardozo Law School in New York, and taught as a visiting professor at the law schools at Harvard, Columbia, University of Chicago, and UCLA. She has lectured widely in the United States and Europe and has been a visiting fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and LUISS-Guido Carli in Rome. She has a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she studied on a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, where she held a Marshall Scholarship.

Suk is an interdisciplinary legal scholar, focusing on women as constitution-makers at the intersection of law, history, sociology, and politics. Her broader research interests include constitutional and social change; antidiscrimination law and its effects on social inequality; women, work, and family; civil litigation as an enforcement mechanism for public law; access to justice, including the past and future role of nonlawyers in solving the civil justice problems of poor and middle-income people; social, political, and legal theory; and law and literature. 

Her 2020 book, We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment, is the first and only book to chronicle and asseess the twenty-first century revival of the Equal Rights Amendment, culminating in Virginia’s ratification in 2020. It explores the ERA’s past to guide its future, telling the stories of the forgotten women lawmakers and lawyers who shaped the ERA over a century. She is a frequent commentator in the media on legal issues affecting women, including The Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Bloomberg Law, Vox, and CBS News.

Download Professor Suk’s scholarly papers on SSRN