Mary Shanley

Professor of Political Science on the Margaret Stiles Halleck Chair
Vassar College

Mary Lyndon (Molly) Shanley is Professor of Political Science on the Margaret Stiles Halleck Chair at Vassar College. She teaches courses in political theory; gender, politics and law; and bioethics and human reproduction.

Ms. Shanley is author of Feminism, Marriage and the Law in Victorian England (Princeton, 1989), Making Babies, Making Families: What Matters Most in an Age of Reproductive Technologies, Surrogacy, Adoption, and Same-Sex and Unwed Parents (Beacon, 2001), and Just Marriage, ed. Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen (Oxford University Press, 2004).  She is editor, with Carole Pateman, of Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory (Penn State University Press, 1990), with Uma Narayan, of Reconstructing Political Theory:  Feminist Essays (Penn State University Press, 1997), and with Iris Marion Young and Daniel I. O’Neill, Illusion of Consent: Engaging with Carole Pateman (Penn State, forthcoming). Her articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Political Theory, Signs, Victorian Studies, Hypatia, and the Columbia Law Review. Her current work is on feminist perspectives on social justice issues in family formation, and on bioethics and human reproduction.

In her local community, Ms. Shanley has been active in groups developing services for battered women, and she teaches a writing course to women in the Dutchess County Jail.

Ms. Shanley served as chair of the American Political Science Association’s Committee on the Status of Women and as President of the Women’s Caucus for Political Science.