Julie Novkov

Public law expert interested in the way law defines and translates categories associated with identity, such as race and gender

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Julie Novkov

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Political Science

Supreme Court; U.S. political development; Public Law; law and race; law and gender

Campus phone: (518) 442-5256
Campus email: jnovkov@albany.edu


Julie Novkov is a Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University at Albany. Her research and teaching are situated at the intersection of law, history, US political development, and subordinated identity. She views law as both a system of political and social control and as a site for reform through activists’ pressure.

She is particularly interested in the way that the law defines and translates categories associated with identity, such as race and gender, and the ways that these categories transform and are transformed by legal discourse.

Novkov is the author of Racial Union, which was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2009 Ralph Bunche Award for the best scholarly work in political science which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism. This book argues that the criminal regulation of interracial intimacy played a pivotal role in shaping and reflecting the development of white supremacy in Alabama between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the Civil Rights Era.

Her first book, Constituting Workers, Protecting Women (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press 2001), addressed gender and constitutional development, rereading through the lens of gender the history of the courts' unwillingness to accept protective legislation for workers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

She is also the author of The Supreme Court and The Presidency, published by CQ Press in 2013. She is the co-editor of Statebuilding from the Margins (with Carol Nackenoff, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2014), Race and American Political Development (with Joseph Lowndes and Dorian Warren, published by Routledge Press in 2008), and Security Disarmed (with UAlbany professor Barbara Sutton and Sandra Morgen, published by Rutgers University Press in 2008).