Christen Hammock Jones

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PhD Student

Mellon Humanities Graduate Fellow 2022-2023

Christen Hammock Jones is a second-year PhD student studying American Legal History with a focus on reproductive rights and health in the United States throughout the twentieth century. 

Christen is barred as an attorney in New York and has practiced as a litigator at a large international law firm and on the Reproductive Rights & Health team at the National Women’s Law Center. She obtained her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2020 and a dual Bachelor/Master of Arts in English from the University of Georgia in 2014. Before law school, Christen worked in D.C. as a fellow at the American Constitution Society and a litigation paralegal at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. At Columbia, Christen was the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law and winner of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court competition. 

Christen is broadly interested in anything that involves bodies and boundaries, including abortion, capital punishment, the doctor-patient relationship, justiciability doctrines, risk, expertise and legitimacy, and intrauterine devices. 



Columbia Law School, J.D. 2020

University of Georgia, BA/MA in English, 2014

Research Interests

Legal history, history of medicine, reproductive rights and health, gender and the law. 

Selected Publications

A Second Chance At Choice?: Challenging Abortion “Reversal” as Law & Medicine, 29 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & Law 428 (2022). 

Mary Doe ex rel. Satan?: Parody, Religious Liberty, & Reproductive Rights, 40 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law 46 (2020).

Recording the Pain of Others: Lethal Injection's Visibility Problem, 167 University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online 62 (2019) (Winner, University of Pennsylvania Public Interest Essay Competition). 



Association for Law, Culture & Humanities

Law & Society Association