Faculty & Staff

J. Shoshanna Ehrlich, JD

Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts


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Areas of Expertise

Family Law, Reproductive Rights, The Legal Regulation of Sexuality


Juris Doctor, Northeastern University School of Law

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

J. Shoshanna Ehrlich is a Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Rooted in her background as a lawyer, her scholarship has largely focused on the sexual and reproductive rights of young women. Highly interdisciplinary in nature, her analysis of the laws that regulate adolescent bodies is looked at within a broader historical and social context. In addition to the publication of many law review articles on the topics, her books include: Who Decides? The Abortion Rights of Minors (Praeger, 2006) and Regulating Desire: From the Virtuous Maiden to the Purity Princess (SUNY, 2014). Prof. Ehrlich is currently engaged in a project focusing on the invocation of “abortion regret” as a means of limiting women’s rights over their bodies, and has a 2014 article in the Women’s Rights Law Reporter entitled “Turning Women into Girls: Abortion Regret and the Erosion of Decisional Autonomy.”

Prof. Ehrlich also partners with a variety of advocacy and community-based organizations, such as the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the Judicial Consent for Minors Lawyers Referral Panel, that are committed to securing the reproductive and sexual rights of young women.

Courses Taught:
WOST 100:  Women and Society
WOST 230G: Reproductive Rights and Wrongs
WOST 290: The Legal Rights of Women
WOST 291: Family Law
WOST 292:  Family Law Practice