Boston University School of Law

Wendy Kaminer

Lecturer in Law

B.A. in English, cum laude, Smith College
J.D., Boston University School of Law


Full CV

Wendy Kaminer, a lawyer and social critic, writes about law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture. She is currently a correspondent at Her latest book is Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity and the ACLU, (Beacon Press.) A former Guggenheim fellow, she is the author of seven books, including Free for All: Defending Liberty in America TodaySleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of PietyTrue Love Waits: Essays and Criticism;  It's All the Rage: Crime and CultureI'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement & Other Self-Help Fashions;  and A Fearful Freedom: Women's Flight from Equality.  Her articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Dissent, The Nation, The Wilson Quarterly, Free Inquiry and Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio.

She is a former board member of American Civil Liberties Union and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the Secular Coalition for America.  After graduating from law school, she practiced law for a few years as a criminal defense attorney at the New York Legal Aid Society and asa staff attorney in the New York City Mayor's office.

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