Saru M. Matambanadzo the Moise S. Steeg, Jr. Associate Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and the Ratner Family and New Day II Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. She teaches classes in employment law, gender law, law and sexuality, feminist legal theory, poverty law, and business formation.
Professor Matambanadzo received her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from University of California – Los Angeles, where she received numerous competitive grants including the UC President’s Dissertation Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the Twin Pines Award, and the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. During her studies, she taught seminars not only at UCLA, but also at California State University, Long Beach and University of Oregon. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh summa cum laude in English Literature and Philosophy. She received the Helen Faison Scholarship for her undergraduate studies and a K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship for her post-baccalaureate studies in philosophy.
Saru M. Matambanadzo, Ph.D., joined the faculty of Tulane University School of Law in 2010. She is a nationally known authority on gender equality and workplace equity.. Professor Matambanadzo incorporates her diverse interdisciplinary research interests through law, policy, philosophy, vulnerability theory, and women’s studies, examining questions concerning the ways law and policies facilitate belonging and inclusion or lead to exclusion and marginalization. Her research also spans topics such as feminist legal theory, employment discrimination, animal rights, and food justice. Her publications include writing on legal pedagogy and critical theory, legal sex and trans identity, legal personhood in historical and contemporary contexts, and pregnancy discrimination against pregnant persons.
In her future research, Professor Matambanadzo will address the challenges mothers in the Gulf South Region face with employment discrimination, maternal health, and resource accessibility. She will also examine the complex problems related to food justice in the region, particularly in rural Mississippi. For this initiative, Professor. Matambanadzo and her husband David Noble are building a 32-acre farm in Foxworth, MS as a laboratory for grounding research in law and policy around food related issues. They intend to grow lavender and seasonal vegetables for market and to participate in the local agricultural community to understand and make innovative contributions to food justice.
In the past, Professor Matambanadzo has collaborated with Newcomb College Research Center on Women to produce a semi-annual report on gender parity for women in executive positions and board positions for publicly traded companies in Mississippi and Louisiana. She has been chair of the AALS Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Professor Matambanadzo is also a member of the boards of LatCrit and ClassCrits, legal education corporations that focus on critical perspectives, employ intersectional methodologies in scholarship, teaching, and praxis, and promote the stories insights of marginalized persons through advocacy and scholarship. In 2014-15, she was Tulane Law’s inaugural Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar, an award to support the work of early-career professors.
Afterword: LatCrit Theory @ XX: Kindling the Programmatic Production of Critical and Outsider Legal Scholarship, 1996-2016, 10 Charleston L. Rev. 289 (2016). (with Frank Valdes and Sheila Veléz Martínez).
Reconstructing Pregnancy, 69 SMU L. Rev. 187 (Winter 2016).
Embodying Vulnerability: A Feminist Theory of the Person. Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Vol. 20, 2012, Tulane Public Law Research Paper No. 13-01. Sarudzayi M. Matambanadzo
The Body, Incorporated. Tulane Law Review, Forthcoming, Tulane Public Law Research Paper No. 13-03. Sarudzayi M. Matambanadzo
The Fourth Trimester. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 48, No. 1, p. 117, Fall 2014, Tulane Public Law Research Paper No. 14-6. Sarudzayi M. Matambanadzo