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, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and 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. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the 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, race, religion, and 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. Franke is currently leading a team that is researching Columbia Law School’s relationship to slavery and its legacies.

Her most recent book, Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition (Haymarket, 2019) makes the case for racial reparations today by telling the story of experiments in South Carolina and Mississippi in the 1860s where freed people were given land explicitly as reparation for enslavement and then had it taken away by the government. Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality (NYU Press, 2015) considered the costs of winning marriage for same-sex couples today and for African Americans at the end of the Civil War. Franke was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 to undertake research for Wedlocked. In addition to her work at the Law School, she worked regularly in Palestine until the state of Israel banned her from reentry in the spring of 2018, citing her advocacy on behalf of the human rights of Palestinians. She also chairs the board of directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights, based in New York City.

Before coming to the Law School, Franke was an associate professor of law at Fordham Law School and the University of Arizona College of Law. From 1990 to 1991, she was the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild. Prior to that, she worked for the New York City Commission on Human Rights and founded the AIDS and Employment Project. 

  • Professor Katherine Franke
  • Director, The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
  • Office Address: Jerome Greene Hall, 626
  • Phone: +1 (212) 854-0061
  • E-mail: katherine.franke@law.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.

Lilia joined the team at Columbia Law School as Assistant Director for the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, providing administrative, operational, financial and communications support. She also serves as Administrative Director of the ERA Project, Project Administrator for the Law, Rights and Religion Project, and Faculty Assistant to Professor Katherine Franke.

  • Assistant Director, The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
  • Office Address: Jerome Greene Hall, 6th floor, 600/6 
  • 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