Zanita E. Fenton

Professor of Law

Room: G374

Phone: (305) 284-4275 



          Professor Fenton teaches courses in Family Law, Torts, Race and the Law, Constitutional Law, and seminars on Critical Race Feminism and Women and the Law Stories.   

          Professor Fenton received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School where she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal. She practiced briefly in the New York firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton before she clerked for the Honorable Edward R. Korman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    Professor Fenton’s research interests cover issues of structural inequality and forms of subordination, including those of race, gender and class. She explores these issues in the greater context of violence and the attainment of justice. She regularly writes and speaks in these areas and related topics.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters 

Disability Does Not Discriminate: Toward a Theory of Multiple Identity Through Coalition in DisCrit: Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education (Teachers College Press, eds. David Connor, Beth Ferri & Subini Annamma, 2016).


Disabling Racial Repetition in Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education (Syracuse University Press, eds. Arlene S. Kanter and Beth A. Ferri, 2013).


Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales: A Tale of State Enabled Violence, in Women & the Law Stories (Foundation Press, eds. Elizabeth Schneider and Stephanie Wildman, 2011).


Articles, Symposia, Essays 

Being Exceptional, 75 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (Special Issue: Law and the Imagining of Difference) __ (forthcoming, summer 2018).  


Disarming State Action; Discharging State Responsibility, 52 Harv. C.R,C.L. 47 (2017)


Bastards! . . . . And The Welfare Plantation, 17 Iowa J. Gender, Race & Just. 9 (2013).


Disabling Racial Repetition, 31 J. Law & Inequality 77 (2012).


An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy: Social Hysteria and Structural Condonation of

Incest, 55 How. L. J. 319 (2012).


No Witch is a Bad Witch: A Commentary on the Erasure of Matilda Joslyn Gage, 20 Law &: S. Cal. L J. Interdisciplinary L. 21 (2010).


Sleight of Hand or the Old Bait & Switch: Article III & The Politics of Self-Policing by the Court in Parents Involved , 63 Univ. Miami L. Rev. 561 (2009).


The Paradox of Hierarchy OR Why We Always Choose the Tools of the Master's House, 31 NYU J. L. Soc. Change 627 (2007).


Colorblind Must Not Mean Blind to the Realities Facing Black Children, 26 BCTWLJ 81 (2006).


To Do is To Be: A Comment on the “To Do Feminist Legal Theory” Student Symposium, 9 Cardozo Women’s L. J. 431(2003).


Silence Compounded – the Conjunction of Race and Gender Violence, 11 Am. U. J. Gender, Soc. Pol'y & L. 271 (2002).


Faith in Justice: Fiduciaries, Malpractice & Sexual Abuse By Clergy, 8 Mi. J. of Gender & L. 45 (2001).


Mirrored Silence: Reflections on Judicial Complicity in Private Violence, 78 Ore. L. Rev. 955 (1999).


Domestic Violence In Black and White: Racialized Gender Stereotypes In Gender Violence, 8 Colum. J. Gender & L. 1(1998).


In A World Not Their Own: The Adoption of Black Children, 10 Harv. BlackLetter J. 39



Selected Presentation: 

Center for Research on Violence Against Women,

University of Kentucky

Presentation to Law Faculty (November 3, 2011)

“Deciphering the Economicss of Violence”: youtube video