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Donna Coker

Donna Coker
Professor of Law
J.D. 1991, Stanford Law School

Telephone: 305-284-3041   |   Office: G383
Publications   |   Curriculum Vitae

Alternative U.S. Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Rashmi Goel & Leigh Goodmark, eds. 2015) co-authored with Ahjane Macquoid.

Roll Back “Prison Nation”, CUNY Law Review: Scholarship for Social Justice (Dec. 18, 2014)

"Stand Your Ground" in Context: Race, Gender, and Politics, Foreward, University of Miami Law Review: Vol. 68: Iss. 4, Article 3.

Criminal Law Stories (co-edited with Robert Weisberg 2013) – available from Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press at

The Story of Wanrow: The Reasonable Woman and the Law of Self-Defense (co-authored with Lindsay C. Harrison) in Criminal Law Stories (Coker & Weisberg eds 2013) 213-262 – contact the author for a copy. An abstract is available here.

Restorative Justice, Navajo Peacemaking and Domestic Violence, 10(1) Theoretical Criminology (Special Issue) 67 (Kathleen Daly, Kim Cook, and Julie Stubbs guest eds., 2006).

Race, Poverty, and the Crime Centered Response to Domestic Violence, 10(11) Violence Against Women 1331 (2004) (a comment on Linda Mills, Insult to Injury: Rethinking Our Responses to Intimate Abuse.)

Foreward: Addressing the Real World of Racial Injustice in the Criminal Justice System, 93 The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 827 (2003).

Addressing Domestic Violence Through a Strategy of Economic Rights, 24 (3) Women's Rights Law Reporter 187 (2003) published remarks, Trafficking in Women symposium, Rutgers University School of Law.

Violence Against Women, Women's Rights in Theory and Practice: Employment, Violence and Poverty (2002), remarks published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The entire proceedings are available here.

Crime Control and Feminist Law Reform in Domestic Violence Law: A Critical Review, 4 Buffalo Criminal Law Review 801 (2001).

Shifting Power for Battered Women: Law, Material Resources and Poor Women of Color, 33 U.C. Davis Law Review 1009 (2000).

Transformative Justice: Anti-Subordination Processes in Cases of Domestic Violence, in Restorative Justice and Family Violence (Heather Strang and John Braithwaite eds., 2002). The book Restorative Justice and Family Violence is available from Cambridge University Press.

Enhancing Autonomy for Battered Women: Lessons from Navajo Peacemaking, 47 U.C.L.A. LAW REV. 1 (1999).

Domestic Violence and Move Away Issues, in Domestic Violence Law: A Comprehensive Overview of Cases and Sources (Nancy K. D. Lemon ed., 1996).

Heat of Passion and Wife Killing: Men Who Batter/Men Who Kill, 2 Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies 71 (1992).

What Therapists See That Judges May Miss: A Unique Guide to Custody Decisions When Spouse Abuse is Charged, The Judges Journal 9 (Spring, 1988) (co-authored with Laura Crites).


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The Story of Wanrow: The Reasonable Woman and the Law of Self-DefenseProfessor Donna Coker's book, Criminal Law Stories (co-edited with Robert Weisberg 2013) was recently published. This book is a collection of case stories which focuses on the pre-litigation behavior of defendants, raising important moral and cultural questions about human nature and human society and how social norms get translated into workable legal doctrines.


Professors Donna Coker and Zanita E. Fenton opine in "International child abductions: There's more to the story" in The Miami Herald.

Professor Donna Coker is interviewed on Aljazeera on the Violence Against Women Act.

Professor Donna Coker in "What's Wrong with the Violence Against Women Act?" in

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