2002
Alumni (National Fellow)

Maxine Eichner

National Fellow
Degrees:
B.A. Yale University (1984)
J.D. Yale University (1988)
M.A. University of North Carolina (1997)
Ph.D. University of North Carolina (2002)
Fields of Interest:
Legal History
Social Issues

Thesis Description:

Reinstating Family: Rethinking the Relationship Between the Family and the State
Eichner’s dissertation, “Reinstating Family: Rethinking the Relationship Between the Family and the State,” explored the relationship between state and family by examining the understandings of the family-state relationship embodied in three different areas of contemporary United States law. Specifically, she studied the intersection between parenting and the workplace, the state and federal laws delineated “family” and the laws governing the relationship among parents, children, and public schools. She argued that a more nuanced, richer understanding of the relationship between family and state should be incorporated into American law.

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