Alice Hearst

Professor of Government

Alice Hearst

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2022

Thursday 3-5 p.m., and by appointment.

Wright Hall 216



J.D., University of Washington Law School

Ph.D., M.A., Cornell University;

B.A., Idaho State University


Alice Hearst practiced law for six years before returning to Cornell University, where she earned 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. 

She has published a book and numerous essays, serves as a journal editor and has contributed chapters to several books, the most recent on children and identity in adoption and foster care. 

Selected Publications

Children and the Politics of Cultural Belonging (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Contemporary issues editor, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.

Essays in the Law and Society Review and the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.

“Children, International Human Rights, and the Politics of Belonging,” in What Is Right for Children?, Karen Worthington and Martha Fineman, eds. (Ashgate, 2009).