Skip to main content

About Nancy J. Knauer

Nancy J. Knauer is the I. Herman Stern Professor Law and Director of Law & Public Policy Programs at Temple University, Beasley School of Law where she teaches in the areas of Political & Civil Rights, Property, Trusts & Estates, and Taxation. Her scholarship engages issues related to identity, sexuality, gender, and the law. Professor Knauer received a Dukeminier Award and the Stu Walter Prize from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School for her article LGBT Elder Law: Toward Equity in Aging, 32 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 1 (2009). Her book, Gay and Lesbian Elders: History, Law, and Identity Politics in the U.S. (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. 2011) focuses on the unique challenges facing gay and lesbian elders.
Professor Knauer has been selected as one of 25 law professors across the nation to be featured in an upcoming study titled "What the Best Law Teachers Do." Selections were made from more than 250 nominees teaching at more than 100 law schools. The study will be co-authored by Gerry Hess at Gonzaga, Sophie Sparrow at New Hampshire, and Michael Schwartz at Washburn and will be published by Harvard University Press in late 2012 or 2013.
In 2002 Professor Knauer was named a University "Great Teacher" and, with her colleague Eleanor Myers, received the first annual CPR Dispute Resolution Award for teaching problem solving in the law school. Professor Knauer is also a four-time recipient of the George P. Williams Award for excellence in teaching. In 2004 Professor Knauer received the Friel-Scanlan Award for scholarship for her article Science, Identity and the Construction of the Gay Political Narrative, 12 Law & Sexuality 1 (2003). She has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is the former Peter J. Liacouras Professor of Law.


Present I. Herman Stern Professor of Law, Temple University

Curriculum Vitae



Enter a valid date range.

Enter a valid date range.

Contact Information

1719 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19122


Articles (27)