Kimberly D. Bailey

Professor Kimberly D. Bailey
Associate Professor of Law
Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar
565 W. Adams St., Room 711
Chicago, IL 60661


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., Indiana University Bloomington


Professor Bailey joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in fall 2007. Prior to joining Chicago-Kent's faculty, she was a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. She also practiced labor and employment law in Houston, Texas, where she was an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

Professor Bailey was a Clarence Darrow Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School. She graduated cum laude, and she was an associate editor and contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review. Professor Bailey earned her bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She graduated with highest distinction, and she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Professor Bailey's research focuses on how social, political and economic inequalities are reflected in criminal law. Her articles have analyzed gender violence, privacy, and aggressive surveillance of communities of color. She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence at Chicago-Kent. In 2017, she received Illinois Institute of Technology's John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award.

Selected Publications



Trying to Fit in to Get In:  Women Working in a Masculinities World. University of Illinois Law Review (forthcoming)

Male Same-Sex "Horseplay":  The Epicenter of Sexual Harassment73 Fla. L. Rev. 95 (2021). [reviewed in Jotwell]

Sex in a Masculinities World: Gender, Undesired Sex, and Rape, 21 J. Gender Race & Just 281 (2018).

Watching Me: The War on Crime, Privacy, and the State, 47 U.C. Davis Law Review 1539 (2014).

It's Complicated: Privacy and Domestic Violence, 49 American Criminal Law Review 1777 (2012).

Response to Beth Richie's "Black Feminism, Gender Violence and the Build-Up of a Prison Nation," 37 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 149 (2011) (symposium).

Lost in Translation: Domestic Violence, "The Personal is Political," and the Criminal Justice System, 100 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1255 (2010).  Reprinted in Women and the Law (11th ed., 2011).

The Aftermath of Crawford and Davis: Deconstructing the Sound of Silence, 2009 BYU Law Review 1 (2009).

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