Michelle Oberman

Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law

Professor Oberman is an internationally recognized scholar on a wide range of legal and ethical issues arising at the intersection of sex, pregnancy, motherhood and criminal law. For the past decade, she has studied the impact of abortion regulation in countries with widely divergent abortion laws. Her work in El Salvador, along with other countries and a range of US jurisdictions, informs her 2018 book, Her Body, Our Laws: On the Frontlines of the Abortion War from El Salvador to Oklahoma. Her current work focuses on what changes on the ground when U.S. abortion law changes on the books.


J.D., University of Michigan Law School

M.P.H., University of Michigan School of Public Health

B.A., Cornell University

Areas of Specialization

Criminal Law, Reproductive Justice, Legal Responses to Homelessness