Mary Lyndon Shanley

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Mary Lyndon Shanley
Born 1944
Academic background
Alma mater Harvard University
Academic work
Institutions Vassar College
Main interests Feminist legal scholar

Mary Lyndon Shanley (born 1944),[1] is a feminist legal scholar specializing in issues of the American family and reproductive technologies. Her book Just Marriage weighed into the controversy around gay marriage with a historical and political science perspective at a time when the debate in the United States was at its height in 2004.[2] She has been a central thinker in the idea of the "ethic of care" in US political science.[3]


Dr. Shanley received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in political science from Harvard University.


She is currently the Margaret Stiles Halleck Professor of Political Science at Vassar College and lives in Poughkeepsie, NY where she also teaches a writing course to women in the local jail.[4]


  • Shanley, Mary Lyndon (1989). Feminism, marriage and the law in Victorian England. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691078199. 
  • Shanley, Mary Lyndon; Pateman, Carole (1991). Feminist interpretations and political theory. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 9780271007427. 
  • Shanley, Mary Lyndon (2001). Making babies, making families: What matters most in an age of reproductive technologies, surrogacy, adoption, and same-sex and unwed parents. Beacon. 
  • Shanley, Mary Lyndon; Young, Iris Marion; Neill, Daniel (2008). Illusion of consent engaging with Carole Pateman. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 9780271035918. 
  • Shanley, Mary Lyndon; Cohen, Joshua; Chasman, Deborah (2004). Just marriage. Oxford UK New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195176261. 


  1. ^ "Shanley, Mary Lyndon, 1944-". Library of Congress. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Shanley, Mary Lyndon (1 June 2003). "Just marriage". Boston Review (Boston Review). 
  3. ^ Shanley, Mary Lyndon (August 2001). "Public policy and the ethics of care". Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (Wiley) 16 (3): 157–160. doi:10.1111/j.1527-2001.2001.tb00932.x. 
  4. ^ "Faculty: Mary L. Shanley". Political Science Department, Vassar College. Retrieved 23 March 2015.