FIU’s list of same-sex marriage and civil rights experts

Florida International University has a number of professors who study constitutional law, same-sex issues, and judicial and LGBT politics. This is a list of experts willing to offer their insight to the media and the public. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.

For assistance reaching any of these professors, please call the FIU Office of Media Relations at 305-348-2232.

Political Science/International Relations

Rebecca Mae Salokar, Ph.D., J.D.
Chairperson, Department of Politics and International Relations
Dr. Salokar’s areas of expertise include judicial politics; constitutional law and politics; gender and law; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) politics. Her teaching interests center on law and courts while her research interests bridge the disciplines of law and political science. Dr. Salokar’s publications typically focus on separation-of-powers issues both at the national and state levels. Most recently, her research has been in the area of gay and lesbian families and the law, and she has worked on cases involving same-sex adoptions in Florida.
Office: 305-348-2227

Legal/Civil Rights

José M. Gabilondo, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law
Professor Gabilondo teaches tax and corporate finance at the FIU College of Law. His work on heterosexual subject formation in law has appeared in the Wake Forest Law Review, the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society, and the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice. His work on heterosexual identity also has been used in diversity trainings for the Florida court system. He is currently responding to media inquiries about the two same-sex marriage cases – Windsor and Perry. Gabilondo is available for interviews in English and Spanish.
Office: 305-348-5943

Howard M. Wasserman, J.D.
Professor of Law
Professor Wasserman teaches civil procedure, evidence, federal courts, civil rights, and First Amendment at the FIU College of Law. His scholarship focuses on freedom of speech and on the role of procedure and jurisdiction in public-law and civil-rights litigation. He can speak directly to the jurisdictional issues.
Office: 305-348-7482

Cyra Akila Choudhury, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor of Law
Professor Choudhury teaches family law, feminist theory, sales, and international human rights at the FIU College of Law. Her recent publications focus on comparative constitutional family law as well as discrimination and the War on Terror. Areas of expertise include: family law, comparative and transnational law, and feminist legal theory.
Office: 305-348-1153

Elizabeth Price Foley, J.D., LL.M.
Professor of Law
Professor Foley teaches courses on constitutional law, civil procedure, and health law/bioethics at the FIU College of Law. She is a frequent op-ed writer on issues of constitutional law and has authored three books on the subject, published by the university presses of Harvard, Yale, and Cambridge. She serves on the editorial board of the Cato Supreme Court Review and is a regular guest blogger on
Office: 305-348-8344

Kerri Stone, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law
Professor Stone teaches employment discrimination, employment law, labor law, and contracts at the FIU College of Law. Her research focuses on examining anti-discrimination jurisprudence. Areas of expertise include: employment discrimination, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual stereotyping, women and minorities in the workplace, and workplace bullying.
Office: 305-348-1154

Gender Studies/Psychology

Laurie J. Shrage, Ph.D.
Professor of philosophy and women’s and gender studies
Professor Shrage’s research and areas of expertise include moral and political philosophy, feminist theory and American philosophy. Shrage, who previously served as director of the Women’s Studies Center at FIU, currently teaches a course on LGBTQ issues. She was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values during 2011-12, where she wrote several papers about the regulation and promotion of marriage by the state. Her most current research project explores an Islamic practice — mut’a or sigheh — that offers some of the social safeguards of marriage to sexually intimate but unmarried partners. She is studying whether this practice has a place in secular liberal societies, and whether it can address the criticisms of heterosexual marriage that have been advanced by feminists and the LGBTQ community. Shrage is the author of “Abortion and Social Responsibility: Depolarizing the Debate” (2003), and “Moral Dilemmas of Feminism: Adultery, Prostitution, and Abortion” (1994) and the article “Marriage Reform: A Comparative Approach” which was published in the Journal of Applied Philosophy in 2012. Her latest book is titled “‘You’ve Changed’: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity.”
Office: 305-348-6797



 Jason Ritchie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies
Dr. Ritchie teaches and conducts research on cultural variations in the construction and regulation of gender and sexuality. His most recent work focused on LGBT identity in Israel-Palestine and its similarities and differences with Western LGBT identities. Dr. Ritchie’s areas of expertise include power and sexuality, queer politics and activism, and liberal discourses of “tolerance” and “gay rights.” Dr. Ritchie has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois. He is fluent in Hebrew and Arabic.
Office: 305-348-3341

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