Katharine Baker

Title/s:  Distinguished Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Phone: 312-906-5391


External Webpage: http://works.bepress.com/katharine_baker/


Professor Baker is an expert in family law, particularly in the modern law of marriage and parenthood, and she has written extensively on sexual violence and misconduct, especially in the lives of young adults. Her work focuses on the intersection of women's intimate lives and the law.  Baker's articles have been published in numerous journals, including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Boston University Law Review. She is also the author of Family Law: The Essentials (with Katharine B. Silbaugh) and numerous book chapters. 

Baker is a multiple award-winning teacher, having taught Contracts, Property, Family Law, Evidence, Gender and the Law, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Environmental Law, and numerous seminars on feminism.  She has also developed and taught several novel experiential courses designed to prepare law students with non-doctrinal skills they need to be successful professionals.  

Prior to joining the Chicago-Kent faculty, Baker was an attorney for the Department of Justice and a law clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


BA,  magna cum laude, Harvard-Radcliffe College, 1984
JD, with honors, University of Chicago Law School, 1989

Program Areas

Family Law
Sexual Violence
Gender and the Law

Courses Taught

Family Law

Selected Publications

Professor Baker's SSRN page

Equality and Family Autonomy
Forthcoming Univ. of Penn. J of Const. Law (2021)

Consent, Rape and the Criminal Law
The Oxford Handbook of Feminism and Law in the United States (
D. Brake, M. Chamallas & V Wiliams, eds., forthcoming 2021) (with Michelle Oberman)

What is Nonmarriage?
73 SMU L. Rev. 201 (2020)

Procreation and Parenting
The Oxford Handbook of Children and the Law, (J. Dwyer, ed., 2019),  

Sex Equality, Gender Injury, Title IX and Women’s Education in the United States
Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence
, (C. Bowman and R. West eds., 2019), 

Campus Misconduct, Sexual Harm and Appropriate Process: The Essential Sexuality of it All 66 J. of L. Ed 777 (2017)