Research Focus: Criminal Law, Family Law, Law &
Sexuality, Legal History
Michael Boucai teaches Criminal Law and Family Law at SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he has also offered courses on Law & Sexuality and Law & Procreation. His scholarship focuses on the legal, political, moral, and social norms that regulate sexuality, reproduction, and various forms of intimate association.
Professor Boucai's most recent scholarship has sought to amplify some of the more disruptive aspects of the increasingly innocuous claim to same-sex marriage. "Glorious Precedents: When Gay Marriage Was Radical," is a study of three same-sex marriage cases brought during the heyday of gay liberation, in the years immediately following the Stonewall riots of 1969. It is forthcoming in The Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. “Sexual Liberty and Same-Sex Marriage: An Argument from Bisexuality,” which appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of The San Diego Law Review, challenged the constitutionality of using marriage law to steer individuals into heterosexual relationships. Boucai's other writings have appeared in the University of Miami Law Review, the National Black Law Journal, the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, and the Journal of Social History.
Professor Boucai is a graduate of Yale (B.A., history), Georgetown (J.D.), and Cambridge (M.Phil, history). He clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to joining the SUNY Buffalo faculty, he served as the Sears Law Teaching Fellow in the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.