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Professor of Political Science, Women & Gender Studies and Comparative Literature

Rutgers University


Rutgers University

Hickman Hall, 89 George Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 932-9283







• J.D., UCLA Law School 1981

Honors: Order of the Coif, Law Review


• B.A., Antioch College, 1978

Majors: Philosophy and Mathematics




• Extraordinary Professor

University of Pretoria, Department of Legal History, Comparative Law, and Legal Philosophy



• Research Fellow

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study

2003-2004, 2004-2005


• Rector’s Lecturer

University of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Summer 2001


• Professor, National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute

University of Santa Cruz, California

July 1997


• Visiting Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Warwick University

May 1997


• Fellow

Center for the Analysis of Contemporary Culture

Rutgers University



• Professor of Law

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Yeshiva University

1989 to 1994


• Visiting Member and Mellon Fellow

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey

Grant from American Council of Learned Societies

September 1, 1991—August 31, 1992


• Short Term Fellow

Humanities Research Institute

The Future of Deconstruction Research Group

University of California

April 1992


• Adjunct Visiting Professor of Philosophy

State University of New York at Stony Brook

Spring 1991


• Senior Fellow

A.D. Whitehouse

Cornell University

Spring 1989


• Visiting Professor

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Yeshiva University

Fall 1988


• Visiting Professor

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law,

New School for Social Research Summer Institute on Law and Critical Theory

Summer 1986 and 1987


• Visiting Scholar

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Yeshiva University

1985 - 1986


• Assistant Professor of Law

University of Pennsylvania

1983 - 1987

*Awarded the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, 1988


• Clerk for Honorable Judge Warren J. Ferguson

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

1981 - 1982


• Field Organizer

U.A.W. District 6, 1977-1978

U.E., 1975-1976

U.A.W. District 65, 1974-1975





Defending Ideals: Democracy, War, and Political Struggles (New York: Routledge, 2004)


Between Women and Generations: Legacies of Dignity (New York: Palgrave, 2002); Paperback edition with new introduction forthcoming (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).


Just Cause: Freedom, Identity, and Rights (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

At the Heart of Freedom: Feminism, Sex, and Equality (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1998).


At the Heart of Freedom (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1998).


Drucilla Cornell, Judith Butler, Seyla Benhabib and Nancy Fraser, Feminist Contentions (New York: Routledge, Chapman & Hall, 1996).


The Imaginary Domain: A Discourse on Abortion, Pornography, and Sexual Harassment (New York: Routledge, Chapman & Hall, 1995).


Transformations: Recollective Imagination and Sexual Difference (New York: Routledge, Chapman & Hall, 1993).


The Philosophy of the Limit (New York: Routledge, Chapman & Hall, 1992).


Beyond Accommodation: Ethical Feminism, Deconstruction and the Law (New York: Routledge, Chapman & Hall, 1991); New edition with new introduction, (New York: Roman & Littlefield, 1999).


**Many of Professor Cornell’s books have been translated into German, French, Japanese, and Spanish, Italian, Russian, Georgian, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Korean, Serbian, and Croatian




Ethical Feminism, Drucilla Cornell (ed.), (New York: Sage Publication, Forthcoming).


Feminism and Pornography, Drucilla Cornell (ed.), (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).


Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice, Cornell, Carlson and Rosenfeld (eds.), (New York: Routledge, 1992).


Hegel and Legal Theory, Cornell, Carlson and Rosenfeld (eds.), (New York: Routledge, 1991).


Feminism as Critique: On the Politics of Gender, Cornell and Benhabib (eds.), (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987).




With Karin van Marle, “Interpreting Ubuntu: Possibilities for Freedom in the New South Africa,” The African Human Rights Law Journal (forthcoming)


“The Solace of Resonance,” Hypatia (Forthcoming)


“A Call for a Nuanced Jurisprudence,” SA Public Law 19 (2004), 661-670.


“Who Bears the Right to Die,” New School University Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 26, no. 1 (2005), 173-188.


“Adoption and its Progeny: Rethinking Family, Law, Gender, and Sexual Difference,” in Adoption Matters, Sally Haslanger and Charlotte Witt eds. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005).


“The New Political Infamy and the Sacralege of Feminism,” In The Philosophical Challenge of September 11, Tom Rockmore, Joseph Margolis, and Armen Marsoobian eds. (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2005).


“The Prospect Before Us: Second Thoughts on Humanitarian Intervention,” With Philip Green, Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture 3, No. 4 (Fall, 2004).


“Gender in America,” In Keywords: Gender, Blake Radcliffe (ed.), (New York: Other Press, 2004).


“The New Political Infamy and the Sacrilege of Feminism,” Metaphilosophy 35, No. 3 (April 2004).


“Freed Up: Privacy, Sexual Freedom, and Liberty of Conscience,” In Varieties of Feminist Liberalism, Amy Baehr (ed.), (Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).


“A Response to Mary Shanley’s ‘Just Marriage,’” In Just Marriage, Mary Shanley (ed.), (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2004)


“Universalism” in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Maryanne Cline Horowitz (ed.), (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004)


“Gender” in International Publishing Program on Keywords of the Intercultural Dialogue: China, France, India, Morocco, South Africa, United States. (Other Press, forthcoming 2004).


“Rethinking Legal Ideals after Deconstruction,” In Law’s Madness, Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, Martha Merrill Umphrey (eds.), (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003).


“Achieving Dignity by Taking Power Through UNITY,” Social Policy 33, No. 3, (Spring 2003).


“Multilateralism: For a New Political Enlightenment,” With Philip Green, Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture 2, No. 2 (Spring, 2003).


“Autonomy Re-Imagined,” Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society 8, No. 1, (Spring 2003).


“The Sublime in Feminist Politics and Ethics,” Peace. A Journal for Social Justice 14, No. 3, (Fall 2002).


“Feminist Witnessing and the Community of the ought to be,” Interventions, (Fall 2002).


“Facing our Humanity,” Hypatia 18, No. 1, (Winter 2003).


“For RAWA,” Signs 28, No. 1, (Fall 2002).


“The Secret Behind the Veil,” Philosophia Africana 4, No. 2, (August 2001).


“Dropped Drawers,” In Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle, Leonard V. Kaplan and Beverly I. Moran (eds.), (New York: New York University Press, 2001).


“A Return for the Future: Interview with Drucilla Cornell,” In Feminist Consequences: Theory for the New Century, Elisabeth Bronfen, Misha Kavka (eds.), (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001).


“The Ethical Message of Negative Dialectics,” In American Continental Philosophy: A Reader, Walter Brogan (ed.), (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000).


“Las Greñudas: Recollections on consciousness-raising,” Signs 25, No. 4, (Summer 2000); Reprinted in Just Cause (Roman & Littlefield: New York, 2000); Also reprinted in Feminists at a Millennium, Judith A. Howard and Carolyn Allen, (eds.), (Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2000).


“Opening Remarks” and “Discussion with Teresa Brennan, Jacques Derrida, and Emanuela Bianchi,” In Feminist Philosophy Philosophy?, Emanuela Bianchi (ed.), (Evanston, Cicago: Northwestern University Press, 1999).


“The Imaginary of English Only,” University of Miami Law Review 53, (July 1999).


“Reimagining Adoption and Family Law,” In Mother Troubles: Rethinking Contemporary Maternal Dilemmas, Julia E. Hanigsberg and Sara Ruddick (eds.), (Boston: Beacon Press, 1999).


“Deadweight Costs and Intrinsic Wrongs of Nativism: Economics, Freedom, and Legal Suppression of Spanish,” with William W. Bratton, Cornell Law Review 84 (1999).


“Rethinking the Beyond of the Real,” Cardozo Law Review 16, No. 3-4 (January 1995); Revised and extended in Levinas and Lacan: The Missed Encounter, Sarah Harasym (ed.), (New York: SUNY Press, 1998); Reprinted in shorter, adapted version in Law and the Postmodern Mind, Peter Goodrich and David Carlson (eds.), (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998).


“Thinking in Public: A Forum,” American Literary History 10, No. 1, (Spring 1998).


“Fatherhood and its Discontents: Men, Patriarchy and Freedom,” In Lost Fathers: The Politics of Fatherlessness in America, Cynthia R. Daniels, (ed.), (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998).


“Where Love Begins: Sexual Difference and the Limit of the Masculine Symbolic,” In Derrida and Feminism: Recasting the Question of Woman, Ellen K. Feder, Mary C. Rawlinson, and Emily Zakin (eds.), (London, New York: Routledge, 1997).


“Are Women Persons?” (1996) and “Animals Property and the Law” (1995) Animal Law 3, (1997).


“Dismissed or Banished? A Testament to the Reasonableness of the Simpson Jury,” In Birth of a Nation'hood, Toni Morrison and Claudia Brodsky Lacour, (eds.) (Lanham, MD: Panteon Books, 1997).


“Re-Thinking Consciousness Raising: Citizenship, Law and the Politics of Adoption,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy (Suppl. Spindel Conference), 1, (1997); Reprinted in Gender Struggles: Practical Approaches to Contemporary Feminism, Constance L. Mui and Julien S. Murphy, (eds.), (New York: Rowmand and Littlefield Press, 2002).


“Enabling Paradoxes: Gender Difference and Systems Theory,” New Literary History 27, No. 2, (Spring 1996).


“Feminist Challenges: A Response,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 22, No. 4, (1996).


“Time, Deconstruction, and the Challenge to Legal Positivism: The Call for Judicial Responsibility,” In Legal Studies as Cultural Studies: A Reader in Postmodern Critical Theory, Jerry Leonard (ed.), (New York: SUNY Press, 1995).


“Bodily Integrity and the Right to Abortion,” In Identities, Politics, and Rights, Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearn (eds.), (University of Michigan Press, 1995).


“The Wild Woman and All That Jazz,” In Feminism Besides Itself, Diana Lam, (ed.), (New York: Routledge, 1995).


“Abortion and the Feminine Imaginary,” In Human, All Too Human, Diana Fuss, (ed.), (New York: Routledge, 1995).


“The Imaginary Person,” Common Knowledge 4, No. 2, (Fall 1995).


“Rethinking the Beyond Within the Real (Response to Rasch)” Cultural Critique, No. 30, (Spring, 1995).


“A Defense of Prostitutes’ Self-Organization,” Cardozo Women’s Law Journal 1, No. 1, (1993).


“The Violence of the Masquerade: Law Dressed Up As Justice,” In Working Through Derrida, G.B. Madison (ed.), (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1992).


“The Philosophy of the Limit, Systems Theory and Feminist Legal Reform,” New England Law Review (1992).


“The Relevance of Time to the Relationship Between the Philosophy of the Limit and Systems Theory,” Cardozo Law Review (1992).


“Gender, Sex and Equivalent Rights,” in Feminists Theorize the Political. Judith Butler and Joan Scott, (eds.), (New York: Routledge, Chapman & Hall, 1992).


“What Takes Place In The Dark,” Differences 4, (1992).


“Civil Disobedience and Deconstruction,” Cardozo Law Review 13, No. 4, (December 1991); Reprinted in Feminist Interpretations of Jacques Derrida, Nancy J. Holland (ed.), (University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 1997).


“Gender Hierarchy, Equality, and the Possibility of Democracy,” American Imago 48, No.2, (Summer 1991); Reprinted in Feminism and the New Democracy: Resiting the Political, Jodi Dean (ed.), (Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 1997).


“Sex Discrimination Law and Equivalent Rights,” Dissent 38, (Summer 1991).


“The Doubly Prized World: Myth, Allegory and the Feminine,” Cornell Law Review (1990).


“Time, Deconstruction and the Challenge to Legal Positivism: The Call For Judicial Responsibility,” Yale Journal of Law and Humanities (1990).


“From the Lighthouse: The Promise of Redemption and the Possibility of Legal Interpretation,” Cardozo Law Review (1990); Reprinted in Legal Hermeneutics, Gregory Leyh (ed.), (1991); Also reprinted in Maps and Mirrors. Topologies of Art and Politics, Steve Martinot (ed.), (Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press, 2001).


“The Violence of the Masquerade: Law Dressed Up As Justice,” Cardozo Law Review (1990).


“Disastrologies” on David Krell’s Postponements, Praxis International (1989).


“Dialogic Reciprocity and the Critique of Employment at Will,” Cardozo Law Review (1989).


“Post-Structuralism, the Ethical Relation, and the Law,” Cardozo Law Review (1988).


“Institutionalization of Meaning, Recollective Imagination, and the Potential for Transformative Legal Interpretation,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (1988).


“The Ethical Message of Negative Dialectics,” Social Concept (1988); Expanded and adapted in Philosophy of the Limit, Ch. 1, (1992).


“Beyond Tragedy and Complacency,” Northwestern University Law Review. 81, No. U.L. Rev. 693 (Summer 1987).


“Two Lectures on the Normative Dimension of Community in the Law,” University of Tennessee Law Review (1987).


“Beyond the Politics of Gender,” In Feminism as Critique, Cornell & Benhabib (eds.) (Blackwell, 1987).


“In Union: A Critical Study of Toward a Perfected State,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (1987).


“The Post-Structuralist Challenge to the Ideal of Community,” Cardozo Law Review (1987).


“Femininity, Negativity and Intersubjectivity,” Guest editor with Seyla Benhabib. Praxis International (1986); Reprinted in Feminism as Critique: On the Politics of Gender, Drucilla Cornell and Seyla Benhabib (eds.), (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987).


“Convention and Critique,” Cardozo Law Review (1986).


“Taking Hegel Seriously--Selections on Beyond Objectivism and Relativism,” Cardozo Law Review (1985).


“Toward a Modern/Post-Modern Reconstruction of Ethics,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (1985).


“Should a Marxist Believe in Rights?” Praxis International (1984).


**Many of Professor Cornell’s articles and essays have been translated into German, French, Japanese, and Spanish, Italian, Russian, Georgian, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Korean, Serbia, and Croatian




“Interview on Adorno,” In Adorno and Feminism, Renee Heberle (ed.), (Forthcoming, 2005)


“Forging Activist Alliances: An Interview with Drucilla Cornell and Kitty Krupat,” In Taking Back the Academy!: History of Activism, History as Activism, Jim Downs and Jennifer Manion (eds.), (New York: Routledge, 2004).


“Ethical Feminism and the call of the Other (Woman)” in to kill, to die: feminist contentions on gender and political violence, ed. Hilla Dayan, (March 2004).


Interview with Stuart Barnett (Forthcoming, 2004).


“The Swirling of Images: An Interview with Drucilla Cornell,” Parallax 8, No. 4 (2002).


“The Future of Sexual Difference: An Interview with Judith Butler and Drucilla Cornell,” Interviewers: Pheng Cheah and Elizabeth A. Grosz, Diacritics 28, No. 1 (Spring 1998).


“The Imaginary Domain: A Discussion Between Drucilla Cornell and bell hooks,” Women’s Rights Law Reporter 19, 261 (1998).


“Exploring the Imaginary Domain: Interview with Drucilla Cornell by Jodie Dean,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 24, 173 (1998).


“Toward the Domain of Freedom,” Women’s Philosophy Review, (Summer/Autumn, 1997); Reprinted in Theorizing Multiculturalism, Cynthia Willett (ed.), (London: Blackwell, 1998).


“Feminism, Deconstruction and the Law,” In A Critical Sense: Interviews with Intellectuals, ed. Peter Osborne (London: Routledge, 1996).


“Apaing for en annen etikk? En sam tale med Drucilla Cornell,” Agora, Ten AR (1992).




“Comment on Felski's ‘The Doxa of Difference’: Diverging Differences,” Signs 23, No. 1, (Autumn 1997); Reprinted in Just Cause, Cornell (ed.) (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).


“Enlightening the enlightenment: a response to John Brenkman,” in Critical Inquiry 26, No. 1, (Autumn 1999).


“Freedom’s Conscience” (Review Essay of David Richards’ Women, Gays, and the Constitution), NYU. Review of Law & Social Change 24, (1998).


“Response to Judith Jarvis Thomson’s Abortion,” Boston Review XX, No. 4, (October/November 1995).


“Defining Personhood” (Review Essay of Gary L. Francione’s Animals, Property, and the Law), Philosophy & Social Criticism, 23, No. 3, (1997).


“Response to Tom McCarthy,” Constellations 2, No. 2, (October 1995).


“Women, Law, and Inequality: Rethinking International Human Rights” with Mary Elizebeth Bartholomew (Book Review), Cardozo Law Review 16, No. 1, (August 1994).


“Loyalty’s Critique” (Review Essay of George Fletcher Loyalty: An Essay on the Morality of Relationships), Harvard Law Review (May 1994).


“Sexual Difference, the Feminine and Equivalency” (Book review of Catharine MacKinnon’s Toward a Feminist Theory of the State), Yale Law Review (1991).


Commentary on Richard Winfield’s “Hegel Versus the New Orthodoxy,” In Hegel and His Critics: Philosophy in the Aftermath of Hegel, William Desmond (ed.) (Albany: SUNY Press, 1989).


Book Review of Jacques Derrida’s “Truth in Painting and The Post Card,” In The International Journal of Philosophy (1988).


Review of James White’s Hercules Bow, Times Literary Supplement (June 12, 1987).




“Lifeline,” stage reading at Florida Atlantic University (1992); and stage reading with Backstage Productions, New York, NY (Spring 2004).


“Background Interference,” Produced and Directed with Joumana Rizk, Westbeth Theater Center, New York, New York, (March 11-21, 1993).


“The Dream Cure and Commentaries,” Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal 10, No. 1, (1991) with responses by Stephen Gidders, Judith Koffler, and Richard Weisberg.


“The Dream Cure,” Equity Waiver Production, Barbara Bornmann and Mark T. Fuller, Producers, Zephyr Theatre, Hollywood, California, (April 25 - June 2, 1991).


“The Dream Cure,” Equity Showcase, Barbara Bornmann, Producer, Westbeth Theater Center, New York, New York, (October 4 - 21, 1990).


“The Dream Cure,” Backer’s Audition, Ray McCulloch, Producer, Theater Four, New York, New York, (February 12, 1990).


Co-Authored, Produced and Directed with Roderick McLachlan, Dramatic Adaptation of “Finnegans Wake,” Westbeth Theater Center, New York, New York, (June 1989); Readings yearly on Blooms Day in New York and Dublin.




• Political Philosophy of Third World Feminism


• Feminism in Postmodernity


• Political Theory from Hobbes to Marx


• Seminar on Immanuel Kant


• Post-Kantian Political Philosophy




• CLAVE (klá-vε): Counterdisciplinary Notes on Race, Power and the State

Founding Board, 2004


• Subject Matters: A Journal of Communication and the Self

Editorial Board, 2004


• Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Editorial Board, 2003-2004


• Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

Editorial Board, 1992-1997


• Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Executive Committee, Fall 1990 to present


• New York University School of Law, Colloquium in Law, Philosophy and Political Theory, Invited Participant, 1988 to present.


• Organized Law and Humanism Speakers Series at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and The New School for Social Research

1989-1990 and 1990-1991


• Member, Hegel Society of America


• Member, The Metaphysical Society


• Member, Joyce Society


• Participant in Semiotics and the Law Workshop, sponsored by Pennsylvania State University

April, 1987


• Participant in the Dubrovnik Post Graduate Class on Critical Philosophy