Jennifer Nedelsky

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BA (Rochester), MA and PhD (Chicago)

Professor Jennifer Nedelsky joined Osgoode in January 2018. She was previously Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto and Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Social Justice. Her teaching and scholarship have been concentrated on Feminist Theory, Legal Theory, American Constitutional History and Interpretation, and Comparative Constitutionalism.

Her most recent book, Law’s Relations: A Relational Theory of Self, Autonomy, and Law (2011) won the C.B. Macpherson Prize, awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association. She is currently completing a jointly authored manuscript (with Tom Malleson), A Care Manifesto: (Part) Time for All (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

Once the book is done, Professor Nedelsky [BA (Rochester); MA and PhD (Chicago)] will return to her book manuscript, Judgment in Law and Life, building on Hannah Arendt’s unfinished theory of judgment. She will also be developing a larger partnership project on restructuring work and care.

Graduate Research Supervision (LLM): Professor Nedelsky is currently particularly interested in three research areas: 1. The organization of care and of work, as she has recently finished a co-authored book, part-time for all: a care manifesto (oxford, 2023). 2. The role of property law in the climate emergency and its link to inequality. This includes issues of care for the earth. 3. Theories of judgment. She is working on a book MS on Arendtian judgment. She is also interested in legal theory topics generally, with a particular interest how a relational approach to law helps analyze topics in many different areas PF law (Law's Relations, Oxford 2011). She is also interested in the ways that gender and feminist theory intersect with multiple fields of law. Although Indigenous law is not an area of her research expertise, she has previously supervised dissertations in this area and would be keen to join committees. She has also supervised dissertations on mental health law, legal education, judgment, sex trafficking, and human rights, and has been part of doctoral committees on administrative law and political theory.

Professor Nedelsky is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.