McCluskey, Martha T.

Martha T. McCluskey

Professor, William J. Magavern Faculty Scholar

Research Focus: Civil Rights Law, Critical Legal Studies, Disability Law, Employment Law, Energy Law, Family Law, Gender and Law, Health Law, Insurance and the Law, Law and Economics, Race and the Law, Regulated Industries, Welfare Law

Links: Curriculum Vitae (PDF), SSRN

Contact Information

714 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
Phone: 716-645-2326

Faculty Assistant: Anita M. Gesel

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Martha McCluskey’s teaching has included courses on constitutional law, torts, insurance, regulation, economic inequality and the relationships between work and family. She earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and a J.S.D. with distinction from Columbia Law School. Before entering academia she was an attorney for the Maine Public Advocate Office.

McCluskey’s scholarship examines the relationship between economics and inequality in law. She is working on a book titled A Field Guide to Law, Economics and Justice. Earlier publications include a major study of workers’ compensation reform laws, several articles analyzing workers’ compensation insurance regulation, and articles on welfare policy and social citizenship. Much of her work explores the connections between economics and feminist legal theory. She is the co-editor of Feminism, Media, and the Law (Oxford University Press, 1997).          

Another strand of McCluskey’s work builds on critical legal analysis of gender and race to develop the jurisprudence of disability and of economic class by addressing economic ideology. She is a co-organizer of the ClassCrits project, which brings together scholars in law, economics and other disciplines to develop a critical legal analysis of economic inequality through workshops, conference panels, scholarly publications and a blog.