Kristin Kalsem

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Kristin Kalsem

Charles Hartsock Professor of Law | Co-director, Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice , College of Law

420 College of Law Building


Professor Kalsem teaches in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy, feminist legal theory, and law and literature, receiving several teaching awards since joining the faculty in 2001.  She also is co-director of the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice and the university's joint-degree program in Law and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a pioneer program for which the College of Law is nationally known.
Professor Kalsem writes in the areas of women's legal history and the cultural study of law and received the 2012 Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award for her book In Contempt: Nineteenth-Century Women, Law, and Literature. She also writes about issues of gender, race, and class in the contexts of bankruptcy reform and consumer protection. Her scholarship has been published in such journals as the Harvard Women's Law Journal, the Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies, the UCLA Women's Law Journal, and The Michigan Journal of Race and Law.
Professor Kalsem has presented papers at national and international conferences, including meetings of the Law and Society Association and the Association of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. She has served as chair of the American Association of Law School's Section of Law and the Humanities and currently sits on the Executive Board of the Section.
Prior to joining the UC faculty, Professor Kalsem taught at the University of Iowa's College of Law and Department of English while completing her doctoral studies. Her interdisciplinary scholarship on 19th-century women and the law was supported by numerous fellowships and grants, including a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Grant and an American Fellowship from the Association of University Women.
Professor Kalsem practiced law in Chicago with the law firm Sidley & Austin before entering academia.

BA, University of Iowa

JD, University of Chicago

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Positions and Work Experience

1987 -1993 Attorney, Sidley & Austin, Chicago, IL

1994 -2000 Department of English Nonfiction Writing Program General Education in Literature, University of Iowa,

1999 -2001 Lecturer in Law, University of Iowa,

2001 - Charles Hartsock Professor of Law, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law, 2013-present Professor, 2006-2013 Associate Professor, 2004-2006 Assistant Professor, 2001-2004 Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati Affiliated Faculty Member Co-Founder and Co-Director, Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice University of Cincinnati College of Law Co-Director, University of Cincinnati Joint Degree Program in Law and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Research and Practice Interests

Areas of Interest: Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Feminist Legal Theory, Law and Literature

Preferred Information

Charles Hartsock Professor of Law | Co-director, Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice,

Contact Information

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Phone: 513-556-1220
Fax: 513-556-1236