The first episode of Race and Regulation, a 10-podcast series created by the Penn Program on Regulation features PSC Research Associate Dorothy Roberts. She speaks on her latest book, Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World. Listen to the Podcast!
"I have Studied Child Protective Services for Decades. It Needs to be Abolished.," Mother Jones, D E Roberts, April 5, 2022.
Roberts, Dorothy. 2022. Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Bestroys Black Families - and How Abolition Can Build a Safter World. New York: Hachette Book Group.
Dorothy E. Roberts (PSC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Law News for a chapter she authored in The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, which illuminates the legacy of slavery in the contemporary United States, and highlights the contributions of Black Americans to every aspect of American society. Since 2019, The 1619 Project and the conversations it has sparked have expanded through new resources, including a podcast, a book-length anthology, and a children's book.
Director, Program on Race, Science and Society
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology
Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
Professor of Africana Studies
J.D., Law, Harvard University, 1980
Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School where she also holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair. Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997). She is the author of more than 80 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a co-editor of six books on such topics as constitutional law and women and the law.