Faculty & Staff

Meet the team that makes up the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law.

Information about the Law, Rights, and Religion Project Team may be found at the Law, Rights, and Religion Project Staff Page.

Professor Katherine Franke, Director

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Professor Katherine Franke's Faculty Page

Katherine Franke is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, and Director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law. She is also on the Executive Committees of Columbia’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation's leading scholars writing on law, sexuality race, and religion drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory.

Professor Franke is the founder and faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, a think tank based at Columbia Law School that develops policy and thought leadership on the complex ways in which religious liberty rights interact with other fundamental rights. In 2021, Professor Franke launched the ERA Project, a law and policy think tank to develop academically rigorous research, policy papers, expert guidance, and strategic leadership on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution, and on the role of the ERA in advancing the larger cause of gender-based justice.

Professor Franke is currently leading a team that is researching Columbia Law School’s relationship to slavery and its legacies. 

Her first book, Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality (NYU Press 2015), considers the costs of winning marriage rights for same sex couples today and for African Americans at the end of the Civil War. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 to undertake research for Wedlocked. Her second book, Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Slavery’s Abolition (Haymarket Press 2019), makes the case for racial reparations in the United States by returning to a time at the end of slavery when many formerly enslaved people were provided land explicitly as a form of reparation, yet after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated the land was stolen back from freed people and given to former slave owners.

  • Office Address: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 626
  • Phone: +1 (212) 854-0061
  • E-mail: katherine.franke@law.columbia.edu

Candace Bond-Theriault, Director of Racial Justice Policy and Strategy

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Candace Bond-Theriault (she/her/hers) is a Black queer feminist lawyer, writer, social justice advocate and self-care guru working at the intersections of law, policy, reproductive health, rights and justice, racial justice, economic justice, and LGBTQ+ liberation. Candace was most recently the Associate Director of Policy, Research and Strategy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America where she led the organization's policy research agenda as well as set the strategy for proactive long-term regulatory policy change. Candace previously worked as the Senior Policy Counsel for Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice, and the Democracy Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force and as a Legislative Associate at the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Candace received her LL.M. degree in Constitutional Law with a dual focus on Gender & the Law and Politics & Legislation from the American University Washington College of Law, her J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and her B.A. from the College of William and Mary where she studied the intersections of race, gender and sexuality. 

She was nominated for an Ellie Award for her SELF Magazine piece "14 Black LGBTQ+ Folks on How They’re Taking Care of Themselves Right Now." And, her writing has also appeared in Health Magazine, Colorlines, the Root, Blavity, Out magazine, Rewire, Ms. magazine, the Advocate, the Grio, and the Huffington Post. 

  • Email: cb3744@columbia.edu


Lilia Hadjiivanova, Assistant Director

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Lilia comes to the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law with extensive experience with program management in the nonprofit, government, and higher education sectors. Originally from Bulgaria, she completed her undergraduate degree in Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University, UK. Upon graduation, she immigrated to the United States and attended California State University, Los Angeles, where she received a Master’s degree in Communication Studies with a research focus on representation of gender and sexuality in television and film. 

She has stepped into a variety of roles, including Student Advisor for international students, Career Coach for LGBTQ immigrants, Communications Director for a patient advocacy nonprofit, Administrative Director for a presidential campaign, and Partnership Manager for a government-funded workforce development program. She was also part of the staff that started the Immigrant Opportunities Program at the historic LGBT Center in New York City. She serves on the Advisory Board of Deystvie, an organization dedicated to changing the lives of LGBTI+ Bulgarians through pro bono legal services, strategic litigation, educational campaigns and direct actions.

As Assistant Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Lilia manages administrative, operational, and financial processes, and provides communications support for the Center and its projects, the Law, Rights, and Religion Project and the ERA Project.

  • Office Address: Jerome Greene Hall, 6th floor, 600/6 (next to Room 626)
  • Phone: +1 (212) 854-0167
  • E-mail: lh3024@columbia.edu

Professor Suzanne Goldberg, Director (Leave of Absence from the University)

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Professor Suzanne Goldberg's Faculty Page

Suzanne Goldberg, one of the country’s foremost experts on gender and sexuality law and a leading advocate for the LGBTQ community, serves as the Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law. She also leads the Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and its Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic.

Goldberg joined the Law School’s full-time faculty in 2006. She previously served on the faculties of Rutgers School of Law­–Newark and Fordham Law School. In private practice, Goldberg served as a senior staff attorney at Lambda Legal, the country’s first legal organization focused on achieving full equality for lesbian and gay people. During her time at Lambda, she served as co-counsel for the defendants in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas.

In 2015, Goldberg was appointed to serve as Columbia University’s first executive vice president for university life. In this role, she works to reinforce and broaden the university’s commitment to respect, inclusion, and ethical leadership among students, faculty, and administrators. Goldberg is a frequent commentator and analyst for news media on sexuality and gender law, and on discrimination law and litigation issues. Her commentary has been featured on 20/20CNN, and other national television networks, as well as on radio and news outlets around the world.

Goldberg graduated with honors from Brown University, and went on to serve as a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Singapore. She earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School and later clerked for Justice Marie Garibaldi of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Goldberg is a recipient of the Law School’s Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Professor Suzanne Goldberg
  • Director, The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
  • Office Address: Jerome Greene Hall, 635
  • Phone: +1 (212) 854-0411
  • E-mail: sgoldb1@law.columbia.edu