Families, Law, and Society

Families, Law, and Society publishes innovative work exploring the social, legal, and political issues that lie at the center of conversations about the family in modern life. The 21st-century family is in dramatic transition, with the roles, needs, and interrelationships of its members under intense scrutiny and flux. Debates over same sex versus heterosexual partnerships, cohabitation versus legal marriage, children conceived biologically versus by artificial reproductive technology are just a few of the indicators that today’s families are changing faster than the laws and policies that regulate them.

The series aims to address the wide range of issues that inform and influence family law in both the private realm (e.g., divorce, adoption, marriage) and public domain (e.g., welfare, child abuse, juvenile justice). While interdisciplinary research is encouraged, the series editor will strive to ensure that all books published in Families, Law, and Society consider the interrelationship between family and law, and critically examine the social and cultural changes in the lived realities of families and the relationship between families and the law.

Edited by one of the academy’s leading experts on family law, the series will serve as a platform for scholars publishing provocative and timely works in an all-important public policy arena that has thus far not garnered the attention it merits.


Nancy E. Dowd, University of Florida


Submissions should take the form of a 3-5 page proposal outlining the intent and scope of the project, its merits in comparison to existing texts, and the audience it is designed to reach. You should also include a detailed Table of Contents, 2-3 sample chapters, and a current copy of your curriculum vitae. Please refer to NYU Press’ submission guidelines.

Please send submission materials to:

Nancy E. Dowd
Professor of Law
David H. Levin Chair in Family Law
Director, Center on Children & Families
Box 117626
Gainesville, FL 32611