Dorothy Roberts


  • Dorothy Roberts (PSC Research Associate) appeared on MSNBC to discuss how to address economic inequality during the coronavirus pandemic with contributors Eddie Glaude and Ali Velshi. Check out the full segment on the MSNBC website.

  • Angela Lee Duckworth (PSC Research Associate) and Dorothy Roberts (PSC Research Associate) featured in article on the stories of women in male-dominated fields. Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • Killing the Black Body, a book by Dorothy Roberts (PSC Research Associate), has been included in the list of books recommended to understand the history of Roe v Wade. Read more here

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.


  • Emory Law Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture: Dorothy E. Roberts on Dr. Martin Luther King’s Vision of Health and Justice
  • Trustees' Council of Penn Women Fall Conference: Dorothy E. Roberts on Women and the Law
  • The Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium in Medical Ethics: Dorothy E. Roberts on Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age