Cary Franklin

Faculty Director

Cary Franklin, J.D., is the Faculty Director at the Williams Institute and the McDonald/Wright Chair of Law at UCLA School of Law. Her work focuses on the historical development of conceptions of equality in American law and how it influences the shape of contemporary legal protections in the contexts of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and race. Previously, Cary was the W.H. Francis, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Texas. She was also the Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. After receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School, Cary clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, then of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She received a B.A. in English and History from Yale University and a D.Phil. in English from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.