Elected Member

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin

Washington, DC
Georgetown University Law Center
University of Wisconsin, Sociology, Anthropology, African Languages & Literature
University of Wisconsin, LL.M
Boston College Law School, J.D.

Michele Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine with appointments at the School of Law; Program in Public Health; Department of Criminology, Law, & Society; Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Center for Psychology and Law. She is the founder and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law and its internationally acclaimed Reproductive Justice Initiative.

Professor Goodwin is one of the world’s leading authorities on the regulation of medicine, science, and biotechnology. Her publications include five books and over 80 articles, book chapters, and commentaries on law’s regulation of the human body, including civil and criminal regulation of pregnancy and reproduction, reproductive technologies, human trafficking (for organs, sex, and marriage), and tissue and organ transplantation. Her works appear in or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, N.Y.U. Law Review, Cornell Law Review, California Law Review, Georgetown Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, and Texas Law Review, among others.

Professor Goodwin’s scholarship defines new ways of thinking about supply, demand, and access to sophisticated medical technologies. Reviews of her work appear in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Publisher’s Weekly, Law and Politics Book Review, Book News, and the Library Journal, amongst other periodicals. Her editorials and commentaries appear in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Gene Watch, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, AlterNet and Forbes Magazine among others. She is a blogger for the Harvard Bill of Health.

She is the former Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota. She served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia Law School, and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University Law School. She is a highly sought after voice on civil liberties, cultural politics, and human rights. Prior to law teaching, Professor Goodwin was a Gilder-Lehrman Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University.

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Areas of Expertise
Tort Law
Human Rights (Constitutional Law)
Health Law
Reproductive Technology (Family Law)
Constitutional Law
Family Law