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Jennifer Bennett Shinall

Associate Professor of Law

Jennifer Bennett Shinall’s research focuses on discrimination, particularly in the areas of gender and disability. Her research examines how obesity, pregnancy, and health status more generally affect labor market outcomes. Her research further considers how these effects may differ by gender, and how the legal system can address any observed disparities. Professor Shinall was the first graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University. Before returning to Vanderbilt as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Law and Economics in 2013, Professor Shinall was a clerk for Judge John Tinder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She earned an A.B. in economics and history at Harvard University and her J.D. and Ph.D. in law and economics at Vanderbilt Law School, where she served as senior articles editor for Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Professor Shinall teaches Employment Discrimination Law and Employment Law to J.D. students. She also teaches Labor Markets and Human Resources and the Ph.D. Workshop for the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics.

Research Interests

Employment law, employment discrimination, health economics, labor economics, gender, disability

Representative Publications

  • "The Pregnancy Penalty," 103 Minnesota Law Review 749 (2018)
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  • "Imputation Match Bias in Immigrant Wage Convergence," 55 Demography 1475 (2018) (with Joni Hersch)
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  • “Something to Talk About: Information Exchange under Employment Law,” 165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 49 (2017) (with Joni Hersch)
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  • “Less Is More: Procedural Efficacy in Vindicating Civil Rights,” 68 Alabama Law Review 49 (2016)
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  • “The Substantially Impaired Sex: Uncovering the Gendered Nature of Disability Discrimination,” 101 Minnesota Law Review 1099 (2017)
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  • "What happens When the Definition of Disability Changes? The Case of Obesity," IZA Journal of Labor Economics 5:2 (2016)
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  • “Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers,” 37 Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law 101 (2016)
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  • “Unfulfilled Promises: Discrimination and the Denial of Essential Health Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act,” 65 DePaul Law Review 1235 (2016)
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  • “Fifty Years Later: The Legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” 34 Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 424 (2015) (with Joni Hersch)
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  • "Slipping Away from Justice: The Effect of Attorney Skill on Trial Outcomes," 63 Vanderbilt Law Review 267 (2010). Winner of the Myron Penn Laughlin Award for excellence in a published Note.
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