Zanita E. Fenton





send email


Phone (305) 284-4275

Room G374






(Photograph by Marc Joseph)




          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’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. She has served as an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and continues to consult regarding these matters.

          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.

Click here to see full curriculum vitae (pdf).



University of Kentucky,

Center for Research on Violence Against Women,

Presentation to Law Faculty (November 3, 2011)

Deciphering th Economicss of Violence: youtube video 


Selected Publications and Research

Professor Fenton’s research interests cover issues of structural equality and forms of subordination, including those of race, gender and class. Her publications include (in PDF format):


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

Bastards! . . . . And The Welfare Plantation, 17 Iowa J. Gender, Race & Just. 9 (2013).
Disabling Racial Repetition, 31 J. Law & Inequality 77 (2012). 
No Witch is a Bad Witch: A Commentary on the Erasure of Matilda Joslyn Gage, 20 Law &: S. Cal. L J. Interdisciplinary . J. 21 (2010).

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

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 & Clergy Sexual Abuse 8 MI J. Gender & L.45 (2001)

Mirrored Silence:   Reflections on Judicial Complicity in Private Violence 78 Ore. L. Rev. 995 (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 (1993)




Always Under Construction!

background design courtesy of