Professor Adler holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She teaches Constitutional Law, Sexuality, Gender and the Law, Family Law, Administrative Law and Trusts and Estates. Professor Adler has written extensively on sexuality, gender, family and children, including foster care, and draws heavily from queer and critical theory. She is a co-editor of the casebook Mary Joe Frug’s Women and the Law (4th ed.). She also has written about contemporary legal issues arising out of Nazism.

In 2006, Professor Adler was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, where she taught Women and the Law, and in 2000, she was a visiting professor at the University of Frankfurt, where she taught a course on contemporary legal fallout from the Nazi labor program. She received the Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007-2008.

Prior to joining the permanent faculty, Professor Adler served Northeastern as a visiting professor in 1999-2000 and as a part-time lecturer in 1998-1999, while also a visiting researcher and graduate fellow at Harvard Law School. In the 1990s, she practiced as a policy attorney for the Massachusetts child support enforcement agency, drafting legislation and regulations.

Fields of Expertise

  • Sexuality and Gender Identity
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law 
  • Family Law

Selected Works


Mary Joe Frug’s Women and the Law, 4th edition (Foundation Press, 2008) (co-editor).

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • "You Play, You Pay: The Making of the Child Support Enforcement Machine," in Governance Feminism: A Handbook, Minnesota Press (Forthcoming) (co-author).
  • “Teaching Sexuality and Gender as Distributional Issues,” in Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader, ed. R. Aldana et al. (Carolina Press, 2011).
  • “Prostitution, Child,” in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, ed. R. Shweder (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Selected Commentary