Anne M. Coughlin

  • Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Professor of Law

Anne M. Coughlin is the Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. She taught at Vanderbilt Law School from 1991-95, and joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1996 after visiting during the 1995-96 academic year. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, feminist jurisprudence, and law and humanities. She is co-author of a casebook on criminal law, and she has written a number of articles exploring the intersections among criminal law, criminal procedure and feminist theory, as well as essays concerning the connections between law and literature.

In 1999, Coughlin received an All-University Teaching Award, one of the University's highest honors for excellence in teaching, research and service. She led the Molly Pitcher Project, which challenged the ban on women in military combat and may have contributed to its demise. She has served as co-chair of the National Association of Women Lawyers Supreme Court Evaluation Committee and of its Amicus Committee. Coughlin received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. At NYU Law School, Coughlin won numerous awards, and she served as managing editor for the New York University Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.

Scholarship Profile: At the Intersection of Criminal Law and Feminist Jurisprudence (Virginia Journal 1999)


  • J.D.
    New York University School of Law
  • M.A.
    Columbia University
  • B.A.
    Tufts University


Criminal Law (with Richard J. Bonnie, John C. Jeffries Jr. & Peter W. Low), Foundation Press (4 ed. 2015).
Criminal Law (with Richard J. Bonnie, John C. Jeffries Jr. & Peter W. Low), Foundation Press (3 ed. 2010).
Criminal Law (with Richard J. Bonnie, John C. Jeffries Jr. & Peter W. Low), Foundation Press (2 ed. 2004).
Criminal Law (with Richard J. Bonnie, John C. Jeffries Jr. & Peter W. Low), Foundation Press (1 ed. 1997).

Book Chapters

The Accidental Feminist, in The Political Heart of Criminal Procedure: Essays on Themes of William J. Stuntz, Cambridge University Press, 111–122 (2012).
Of Decision Rules and Conduct Rules, or Doing the Police in Different Voices, in Criminal Law Conversations, Oxford University Press, 15–16 (2009).

Articles & Reviews

The Gender Participation Gap and the Politics of Pedagogy (with Molly Bishop Shadel), 108 Virginia Law Review Online 55–71 (2022).
Interrogation Stories, 95 Virginia Law Review 1599–1661 (2009).
Representing the Forbidden, 90 California Law Review 2143–2183 (2002).
I’m in the Mood for Law, 53 Stanford Law Review 209–221 (2000).
Whose Honor? Whose Revenge?: Comments on Figueredo’s “Blame, Retribution and Deterrence”, 8 Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law 253–262 (2000).
C’est Moi, 83 Minnesota Law Review 1619–1636 (1999).
Writing for Justice Powell, 99 Columbia Law Review 541–543 (1999).
Sex and Guilt, 84 Virginia Law Review 1–46 (1998).
Of White Slaves and Domestic Hostages, 1 Buffalo Criminal Law Review 109–136 (1997).
Sex and Self-Governance, 29 McGeorge Law Review 17–26 (1997).
Excusing Women, 82 California Law Review 1–94 (1994).

Reports & Datasets

StatementStopping Child Pornography: Protecting Our Children and the Constitution , US Government Printing Office 12–13, 16 (2002).

Op-Eds, Blogs, Shorter Works

Texas is trampling parents’ rights in its investigations of trans kids (with Naomi R. Cahn), Washington Post (April 8, 2022).
Will Police Enforce Covid Stay-Home Orders More Harshly Against Black People? (with Hunter W. Bezner), Washington Post (June 3, 2020).
The Missing Key to Fighting Sexual Assault on Campus (with Kathleen A. Bogle), Slate (May 8, 2014).
Protecting Women Is Not "Victim Blaming", New York Times (October 23, 2013).
To Stop Sexual Assault Against Women in the US Military, Add More Women (with Ellen L. Haring), Christian Science Monitor (June 24, 2013).
In the Army, Sex Discrimination Begins at West Point (with Ellen L. Haring), Washington Post A17 (June 21, 2013).
Miranda Only Works for the Usual Suspects, Washington Post B1, B7 (December 12, 1999).

Current Courses

All Courses

Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice
Criminal Investigation
Criminal Law
Gender and the Law (seminar)
Law and Literature (seminar)
Ethical Values (seminar)




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