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Rose Corrigan

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Politics

Rose Corrigan


Office: School of Law, Room 265
Phone: 215.571.4736
Fax: 215.571.4712

Administrative Support:
Donna Strunk
Phone: 215.571.4802


Rose Corrigan is a law and society scholar whose research focuses on criminal justice, sexual violence, and social movements. 

Professor Corrigan holds a joint appointment between the law school and the Department of Politics. She served as Director of the Women’s Studies program from 2007-2014.

Professor Corrigan was on the faculty of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Department of Government from 2003-06. She was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship with the American Association of University Women. She was a visiting scholar with the Feminism & Legal Theory Project at Emory Law School in 2006 and while completing her PhD at Rutgers University held fellowships from the Center for American Women & Politics and Eagleton Institute of Politics.

In her book Up Against a Wall: Rape Reform and the Failure of Success, published in 2013 by New York University Press, Corrigan argues that contemporary sexual assault reforms have fallen short of actually aiding victims of the assault. Other publications include "Making Meaning of Megan’s Law," in Law and Social Inquiry . “People with Secrets: Contesting, Constructing, and Resisting Women’s Claims About Sexualized Victimization” (co-authored with Corey Shdaimah) In Catholic University Law Review, “Why Feminist Theory Matters for Feminist Practice: The Case of Rape Response,” Politics & Gender, and  “The New Trial by Ordeal: Rape Kits and Police Practices” in Law & Social Inquiry.

Professor Corrigan has worked in the fields of reproductive rights and sexual and domestic violence for more than 15 years at organizations including Women Organized Against Rape, the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, the National Clearinghouse for Defense of Battered Women, and the Philadelphia Women’s Medical Fund.