Marci A. Hamilton


University of Pennsylvania · Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marci A. Hamilton is the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program Professor of Practice,  and Fox Family Pavilion Resident Senior Fellow in the Program for Research on Religion at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is also the founder, CEO, and Academic Director of CHILD USA, www.childusa.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit academic think tank at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to interdisciplinary, evidence-based research to prevent child abuse and neglect.   Before moving to the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Hamilton was the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Professor Hamilton is one of the leading intellectuals in the United States on the #MeToo movement and the steps that are needed to ensure sex abuse, assault, and harassment are remedied and deterred.  She has written and spoken frequently on the issues, including “Moment to Movement”event discusses longterm impact of #MeToo;  #MeToo brings tide change to American society;  Seven Changes that Would Empower the #MeToo Movement;  Big Business Battles the #MeToo Movement; Trump Has Met His Match in the #MeToo Movement. There’s No Turning Back; #MeToo Movement Has Lawmakers Talking About Consent; Bullies Bullies Everywhere.

She is also a leading expert on sex abuse statutes of limitations. She is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge University Press), which advocates for the elimination of child sex abuse statutes of limitations.  She has filed countless pro bono amicus briefs for the protection of children at the United States Supreme Court and the state supreme courts.  Her textbook, Children and the Law, co-authored with Martin Gardner, will be published Fall 2017 by Carolina Academic Press, formerly Lexis/Nexis.

Hamilton has been a vocal and influential critic of extreme religious liberty, advocating for the vulnerable against overreaching.  Hamilton successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) at the United States Supreme Court in Boerne v. Flores (1997), and defeated the RFRA claim brought by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against hundreds of adult survivors who were sexually abused as children in Committee of Unsecured Creditors v. Listecki (7th Cir. 2015).  The author of God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty (Cambridge University Press), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, she is also a columnist for Verdict on Justia.com.

Hamilton was honored with the 2018 Pennsylvania State University Department of Philosophy Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2017 University of Pennsylvania Law School Louis H. Pollak Public Service Award; the 2016 Voice Today, Voice of Gratitude Award; the 2015 Religious Liberty Award, American Humanist Association; the 2014 Freethought Heroine Award; the National Crime Victim Bar Association’s Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award, 2012; the E. Nathaniel Gates Award for outstanding public advocacy and scholarship, 2008; and selected as a Pennsylvania Woman of the Year Award, 2012, among others.   She is also frequently quoted in the national media on sex abuse and assault, statute of limitations, constitutional, and First Amendment issues.

Hamilton clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Professor Hamilton is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, B.A., summa cum laude; Pennsylvania State University, M.A. (English, fiction writing, High Honors); M.A. (Philosophy); and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.   She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.

Prof. Hamilton lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She is married to Peter C. Kuzma, President and owner of VIP Products Corp., a water-based chemical company in Philadelphia.  They have two children.

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Topics: Politics, Religion
Subtopics: Separation of church and state

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