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University of Michigan, AB 1989
Northeastern University, JD 1994
Harvard University, LLM 1998


Professor Adler holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She teaches Constitutional Law, Sexuality, Gender and the Law, Family Law and Administrative Law. Professor Adler has written extensively on sexuality, gender, family and children, including foster care, and draws heavily from queer and critical theory. Her book, Gay Priori: A Queer Critical Legal Studies Approach to Law Reform, was published in April 2018 by Duke University Press. She is also a co-editor of the casebook Mary Joe Frug’s Women and the Law (4th ed.), and has written about contemporary legal issues arising out of Nazism.

Professor Adler has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, where she taught Women and the Law, and at the University of Frankfurt, where she taught a course on contemporary legal fallout from the Nazi labor program. She was awarded Northeastern Law’s inaugural Racial Justice Faculty Fellowship in 2021 and the Humanities Center at Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities selected her as a 2021-2022 “Reckoning” Fellow. Professor Adler received the Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007-2008.

Prior to joining the permanent faculty, Professor Adler served Northeastern as a visiting professor in 1999-2000 and as a part-time lecturer in 1998-1999, while also a visiting researcher and graduate fellow at Harvard Law School. In the 1990s, she practiced as a policy attorney for the Massachusetts child support enforcement agency, drafting legislation and regulations.

Fields of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Family Law
  • Sexuality and Gender Identity

Selected Works

Libby S. Adler

Professor of Law and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies


22 Cargill Hall
416 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
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