Vicki Schultz

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences

Vicki Schultz is the Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences at Yale Law School. An expert in law and social science, the workplace, discrimination, and the family, she has written and lectured widely on a variety of subjects, including sexual harassment, sex segregation on the job, work-family issues, working time, the meaning of work in people’s lives, household labor, same-sex marriage, and marriage generally.


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Faculty Assistant

Alexander Goot

Education & Curriculum Vitae

J.D., Harvard Law School

B.A., University of Texas

Courses Taught

  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Family Law
  • Family, State and Market
  • Workplace Theory and Policy
  • Work and Gender
  • Law and Social Science
  • Feminist Theory

Vicki Schultz is the Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences at Yale Law School, where she teaches courses on the family, state and market, family law, employment discrimination law, workplace theory and policy, work and gender, law and social science, feminist theory, and related subjects. Schultz has written and lectured widely on a variety of subjects related to antidiscrimination law, including sexual harassment, sex segregation on the job, work-family issues, working hours, and the meaning of work in people’s lives. She has also lectured on family law and intimate life, including topics related to same-sex marriage and marriage generally. Her published work includes “Feminism and Workplace Flexibility,” 42 Connectitcut Law Review 1203 (2010),“The Sanitized Workplace Revisited,” in Martha Fineman, Jack Jackson and Adam Romero, eds., FEMINIST AND QUEER LEGAL THEORY (2009), “Sex and Work,” 18 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 223 (2006), “The Need for a Reduced Workweek in the United States,” in Judith Fudge & Rosemary Owen, eds., THEORY PRECARIOUS WORK, WOMEN, AND THE NEW ECONOMY: THE CHALLENGE TO LEGAL NORMS (2006), “The Sanitized Workplace,” 112 Yale Law Journal 2061 (2003), “Life’s Work,” 100 Columbia Law Review 1881 (2000), “Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment,” 107 Yale Law Journal 1683 (1998), and “Telling Stories About Women and Work: Judicial Interpretations of Sex Segregation on the Job in title VII Cases Raising the Lack of Interest Argument,” 103 Harvard Law Review 1749 (1990). 

Professor Schultz is currently working on an intellectual history of antidiscrimination law, “Antidiscrimination as Disruption,” that lays out the historical conceptual frameworks for understanding and addressing discrimination and then traces the emergence of a new framework that treats the formation of social identity as a fluid process in which institutional dynamics play a significant role. With co-author Michael Yarbrough, she is also writing an article, “Will Marriage Make Gay and Lesbian Couples Less Egalitarian? A Cautionary Tale,” that analyzes the likely effects of legal marriage on the division of housework and childcare in gay and lesbian households. At the heart of this article are the questions: what is marriage and what work does it do? 

Schultz's work has been influential in scholarly circles in both law and the social sciences; her work has also been cited widely in the courts and the national news media. She has been quoted in The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerMs. Magazine, and many major newspapers; she has appeared on The News Hour with Jim LehrerThe CBS Evening NewsABC World News TonightGood Morning America, and National Public Radio. 

Schultz has held a number of significant professional posts, fellowships and visiting professorships. She is a past president of the Labor and Employment Section of the Association for American Law Schools and a past Trustee of the Law and Society Association. She has been the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and a fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School (her alma mater), and in 2010-2011, she was the MacDonald-Wright Visiting Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. A former trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Schultz began her academic career at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she became interested in law and sociology. At Yale Law School, she runs the Workplace Theory and Policy Workshop and has also headed the Work and Welfare group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars who study inequalities produced by different social welfare regimes, labor market institutions, and family formations. Schultz lives in Connecticut with her daughter Natalie and their cat Jack.