Gwendolyn Leachman


Gwendolyn Leachman is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Faculty Affiliate with the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin. Gwyn’s research examines how the interaction between law and social movements affects patterns of inequality and social change. Her recent work investigates how impact litigation has affected the LGBT movement, including the power dynamics among LGBT movement organizations, and the compatibility of the mainstream movement’s goals with the more underrepresented segments of the LGBT community. She is currently working on a book, Litigation and the Shaping of the LGBT Movement (1985-2015), which highlights a series of mechanisms that have enabled litigation to dominate the agendas of LGBT and queer activists working outside the courtroom. Gwyn received her J.D. and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Professor Leachman was a fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA. sends e-mail