Yvonne Zylan

Yvonne Zylan
Yvonne Zylan

Associate Professor of Sociology

On leave fall 2018
Kirner-Johnson 239

Yvonne Zylan, who has a doctorate in sociology and a law degree, has published articles in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, among other periodicals. Her book, States of Passion: Law, Identity, and the Social Construction of Desire, is a study of sexuality, social theory and the law. Her areas of scholarship include law and society, sexuality, social theory, political sociology, and the state and social policy. Zylan practiced law at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She earned her sociology doctorate from New York University and a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Recent Courses Taught

Intro to Sociology
Constitution & Social Policy
Law and Society
Political Sociology
Sex & Social Theory

Selected Publications

  • States of Passion: Law, Identity, and the Social Construction of Desire. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • “Mothers and Soldiers Revisited: Same Sex Marriage, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and Legal Discourses of Inclusion” Southwestern Law Review 42(4): 833-854 (invited submission), 2013.
  • “Passions We Like…And Those We Don’t: Anti-Gay Hate Crime Laws and the Discursive Construction of Sex, Gender, and the Body.” Michigan Journal of Gender & Law 16(1): 1-48, 2009.
  • “Finding the Sex in Sexual Harassment: How Title VII and Tort Schemes Miss the Point of Hostile Work Environment Harassment.” Michigan Journal of Law Reform  39(3): 391-431, 2006.

College Service

Pre-Law Advising Committee
Jurisprudence, Law and Justice Studies Program Committee
Levitt Council
American Studies Program Committee
Diversity and Social Justice Project
Institutional Review Board
Strategic Planning Subcommittee on Ethics and Academic Freedom
Alcohol Coalition Committee
Kirkland Endowment Essay Prize Review Committee
Emerson Summer Grant Program Review Committee
Class & Charter Day Teaching Awards Committee
Faculty advisor, Hamilton College Women’s Lacrosse Team
Faculty advisor, Hamilton College Mock Trial Team

Professional Affiliations

Member in good standing of the California bar, admitted to practice in the State of California and in the Federal Courts for the Southern District of California. Cal. Bar. No. 222864

Appointed to the Faculty: 2005

Educational Background

J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
Ph.D., New York University
M.Phil., New York University
B.A., Yale University

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