Professor of Government
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Alice Hearst attended the University of Washington law school and practiced law for six years prior to returning to Cornell University, from which she obtained a doctorate in government. She teaches courses in public law, international human rights, and state regulation of the family. Her research focuses on how state power affects a variety of issues in family law and policy.
Hearst is the author of Children and the Politics of Cultural Belonging (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and is the contemporary issues editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. Her essays have appeared in the Law and Society Review and the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. She has also contributed chapters to several books, including, most recently, a chapter on children and identity in adoption and foster care in What is Right for Children?, Karen Worthington and Martha Fineman, eds. (Ashgate, 2009).
Hearst grew up in Idaho and lives in Northampton with her husband Thomas McCormick. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, bicycling and generally being outdoors.