Nan Hunter

Professor of Law

B.A., Northwestern; J.D., Georgetown

Areas of Expertise:

Constitutional Law, Gender and Sexuality and the Law, Health Law and Policy and Bioethics, Legal Education

Nan Hunter has served since January 2011 as Associate Dean for Georgetown’s LL.M. and S.J.D. programs. As Associate Dean, she oversees all academic and management...

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Nan Hunter has served since January 2011 as Associate Dean for Georgetown’s LL.M. and S.J.D. programs. As Associate Dean, she oversees all academic and management questions related to the two programs. Dean Hunter is also a tenured member of the Georgetown Law faculty.

After herself graduating from Georgetown Law, Dean Hunter specialized in constitutional and civil rights law as a member of the national legal staff of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York. She has taught as a full-time or visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School, Harvard Law School, the University of Miami Law School, and UCLA Law School, in addition to Georgetown. From 1993 to 1996, she was Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dean Hunter is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Dean Hunter’s primary scholarship has spanned three areas: state regulation of sexuality and gender, health law, and procedure.  Her work has been published in many law journals, and several of her articles have been selected for reprinting in anthologies. With William Eskridge, she wrote the first casebook to conceptualize sexuality and gender law as embodying a dynamic relationship between state regulation, sexual practices, and gender norms. Her most recent health law scholarship focuses on the intersection of health care systems with democratic theory. Her awards include the Pioneer of Courage award from the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Nan D. Hunter, Civil Rights 3.0, in A Nation of Widening Opportunities? The Civil Rights Act at Fifty (Samuel Bagenstos & Ellen Katz eds., University of Michigan Press forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Books

  • Nan D. Hunter & William N. Eskridge, Jr., Sexuality, Gender, and the Law (New York: Foundation Press 3d ed. 2011 & Supp. 2013).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Nan D. Hunter, A Deer in Headlights: The Supreme Court, LGBT Rights, and Equal Protection, 52 Hous. L. Rev. 1121-1145 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Interpreting Liberty and Equality Through the Lens of Marriage, 6 Cal. L. Rev. Circuit 107-116 (2015).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Pluralism and Its Perils: Navigating the Tension Between Gay Rights and Religious Expression, 15 Geo. J. Gender & L. 435-471 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
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All Scholarship 2000 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Nan D. Hunter, Civil Rights 3.0, in A Nation of Widening Opportunities? The Civil Rights Act at Fifty (Samuel Bagenstos & Ellen Katz eds., University of Michigan Press forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Books

  • Nan D. Hunter & William N. Eskridge, Jr., Sexuality, Gender, and the Law (New York: Foundation Press 3d ed. 2011 & Supp. 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Nan D. Hunter, The Law of Emergencies: Public Health and Disaster Management (Burlington, Mass.: Butterworth-Heinemann 2009).    [BOOK]
  • Nan D. Hunter & William N. Eskridge, Jr., Sexuality, Gender and the Law (New York: Foundation Press 2d. ed. 2004 & Supp. 2009).    [BOOK]
  • Nan D. Hunter & Lisa Duggan, Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture (New York: Routledge 10th anniv. ed. 2006).   
  • Nan D. Hunter & William N. Eskridge, Jr., Sexuality, Gender and the Law (New York: Foundation Press abr. 2d ed. 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Courtney G. Joslin & Sharon M. McGowan, The Rights of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender People: The Authoritative ACLU Guide to a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender Person's Rights (Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press 4th ed. 2004).    [BOOK]
  • Nan D. Hunter, The Power of Procedure: The Litigation of Jones v. Clinton (New York: Aspen Law & Business 2002).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Nan D. Hunter, A Deer in Headlights: The Supreme Court, LGBT Rights, and Equal Protection, 52 Hous. L. Rev. 1121-1145 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Interpreting Liberty and Equality Through the Lens of Marriage, 6 Cal. L. Rev. Circuit 107-116 (2015).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Pluralism and Its Perils: Navigating the Tension Between Gay Rights and Religious Expression, 15 Geo. J. Gender & L. 435-471 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Reflections on Sexual Liberty and Equality: "Through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall", 60 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 172-182 (2013).    [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Jennifer C. Pizer, Brad Sears & Christy Mallory, Evidence of Persistent and Pervasive Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT People: The Need for Federal Legislation Prohibiting Discrimination and Providing for Equal Employment Benefits, 45 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 715-779 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Introduction: The Future Impact of Same-Sex Marriage: More Questions than Answers, 100 Geo. L.J. 1855-1879 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Animus Thick and Thin: The Broader Impact of the Ninth Circuit Decision in Perry v. Brown, 64 Stan. L. Rev. Online 111-116 (2012).    [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Health Insurance Reform and Intimations of Citizenship, 159 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1955-1997 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Introduction to the Symposium Issue: Sexuality and Gender Law: The Difference a Field Makes, 57 UCLA L. Rev. 1129-1133 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Rights Talk and Patient Subjectivity: The Role of Autonomy, Equality, and Participation Norms, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1525-1549 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Risk Governance and Deliberative Democracy in Health Care, 97 Geo. L.J. 1-60 (2008).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, "Public-Private" Health Law: Multiple Directions in Public Health, 10 J. Health Care L. & Pol'y 89-119 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Managed Process, Due Care: Structures of Accountability in Health Care, 6 Yale J. Health Pol'y L. & Ethics 93-162 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Twenty-First Century Equal Protection: Making Law in an Interregnum, 7 Geo. J. Gender & L. 141-169 (2006).    [HEIN] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Justice Blackmun, Abortion, and the Myth of Medical Independence, 72 Brook. L. Rev. 147-197 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Federal Courts, State Courts and Civil Rights: Judicial Power and Politics, 92 Geo. L.J. 941-980 (2004) (reviewing Daniel R. Penello, Gay Rights and American Law (2003)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Living with Lawrence, 88 Minn. L. Rev. 1103-1139 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Sexual Orientation and the Paradox of Heightened Scrutiny, 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1528-1554 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, The Sex Discrimination Argument in Gay Rights Cases, 9 J.L. & Pol'y 397-416 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Accommodating the Public Sphere: Beyond the Market Model, 85 Minn. L. Rev. 1591-1637 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Proportional Equality: Readings of Romer, 89 Ky. L.J. 885-910 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Sexuality and Civil Rights: Re-Imagining Anti-Discrimination Laws, 17 N.Y.L. Sch. J. Hum. Rts. 565-587 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Escaping the Expression-Equality Conundrum: Toward Anti-Orthodoxy and Inclusion, 61 Ohio St. L.J. 1671-1724 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Nan D. Hunter, Expressive Identity: Recuperating Dissent for Equality, 35 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 1-55 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Amici Curiae Professors Nan D. Hunter, Suzanne B. Goldberg, Kathryn Abrams, Katherine M. Franke, Burt Neuborne, and Angela P. Harris Addressing the Merits in Support of Respondents, United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2013).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
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In the News

"Is the U.S. Supreme Court Headed in New Directions?," coverage in Knowledge@Wharton, July 1, 2016, featuring Professor Nan Hunter.

Analysis of The Last Supreme Court Decisions of The Term,” June 27, 2016. WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show, interviewing Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

"Duane Morris Tries Different Spin on Summer Externship," The Recorder, July 10, 2015, quoting Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

" A court of one: Anthony Kennedy," Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2015, mentioning Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

"Analysis of the Supreme Court's Landmark Decision on Same-Sex Marriage," June 29, 2015, WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show, interviewing Associate Dean Nan Hunter

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"Is the U.S. Supreme Court Headed in New Directions?," coverage in Knowledge@Wharton, July 1, 2016, featuring Professor Nan Hunter.

Analysis of The Last Supreme Court Decisions of The Term,” June 27, 2016. WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show, interviewing Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

"Duane Morris Tries Different Spin on Summer Externship," The Recorder, July 10, 2015, quoting Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

" A court of one: Anthony Kennedy," Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2015, mentioning Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

"Analysis of the Supreme Court's Landmark Decision on Same-Sex Marriage," June 29, 2015, WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show, interviewing Associate Dean Nan Hunter

"U.S. Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-Life Impact," Voice of America, June 28, 2015, featuring Associate Dean Nan Hunter

"Gay Marriage Case Secures Justice Kennedy's Legacy," McClatchy, June 26, 2015, quoting Associate Dean Nan Hunter

"Analysis Of Oral Arguments In The Case Before The Supreme Court On Same-Sex Marriage," The Diane Rehm Show, April 29, 2015, an interview with Professor Nan Hunter.

US Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Debate,” coverage by Voice of America, April 29, 2015, quoting Professor Nan Hunter.

"GULC Adds Online Programs," The Hoya, March 27, 2015, quoting Dean William Treanor, Associate Dean Nan Hunter, and Adjunct Professor Ellis Duncan.

State's judges fight against same-sex marriages,” coverage in The National Law Journal, March 9, 2015, quoting Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

Despite Supreme Court actions, experts warn marriage not a done deal,” coverage in the Washington Blade, February 11, 2015, quoting Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

 

"Harvard University Seminar Series Explores LGBT Issues Post-Marriage Equality," Rainbow Times, January 8, 2015, mentioning Professor Nan Hunter.

"Meet two activists who brought sweeping change to the gay rights movement," coverage in The Washington Post, October 3, 2014, featuring Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

"Justices' Rulings Advance Gays, Women Less So," coverage in The New York Times, August 4, 2014, quoting Professor Nan Hunter.

"Obama pressured to omit religious exemption in LGBT order," coverage in the Washington Blade, July 16, 2014, mentioning Professor Nan Hunter.

"More Often, Nonlawyers Try Taste of Law School," a story in the Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2013, featuring Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

"America's Coming-Out Election: How Gay Issues Became Mainstream," coverage in Time, November 12, 2012, featuring Associate Dean Nan Hunter.

"Take Steps to Promote Workplace Equality," an opinion piece by Associate Dean Nan Hunter and Brad Sears in Roll Call, June 5, 2012.

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