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 she 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 is 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 LawCases and Materials (with Richard J. Bonnie, John C. Jeffries, Jr. & Peter W. Low) (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2010).

Book Chapter:

“The Accidental Feminist,” in Michael Klarman et al., eds., The Political Heart of Criminal Procedure: Essays on Themes of William J. Stuntz 111 (Cambridge University Press, 2012).


Criminal Law (with Richard J. Bonnie, John C. Jeffries, Jr., and Peter W. Low) (Foundation Press, 4th ed. 2015).

"Interrogation Stories," 95 Va. L. Rev. 1599 (2009).
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“Representing the Forbidden,” 90 Cal. L. Rev. 2143 (2002).
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"Whose Honor? Whose Revenge?: Comments on Figueredo's 'Blame, Retribution and Deterrence'," 8 Va. J. Soc. Pol’y & L. 253 (2000).
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"I’m in the Mood for Law" (reviewing Binder & Weisberg, Literary Criticisms of Law), 53Stan. L. Rev. 209 (2000).
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"Writing for Justice Powell,99 Colum. L. Rev. 541 (1999).
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"C’est Moi," 83 Minn. L. Rev. 1619 (1999).
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"Sex and Guilt," 84 Va. L. Rev. 1 (1998), 
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"Sex and Self-Governance,29 McGeorge L. Rev. 17 (1997).
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"From White Slaves and Domestic Hostages," 1 Buff. Crim. L. Rev. 109 (1997).
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"Regulating the Self: Autobiographical Performances in Outsider Scholarship," 81 Va. L. Rev. 1229 (1995).
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"Excusing Women," 82 Cal. L. Rev. 1 (1994).
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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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