Lecturer in Law
Wendy Kaminer, a lawyer and social critic, writes about law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture. She is currently a correspondent at theatlantic.com. 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 Today; Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety; True Love Waits: Essays and Criticism; It's All the Rage: Crime and Culture; I'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 spiked-online.com. 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.