Jenny Diamond Cheng studies the political and legal treatment of families and children. Her research examines the boundaries between legal childhood and adulthood, and she has written extensively about the minimum voting age. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was Book Reviews Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Professor Cheng also holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she was a visiting assistant professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and a Miller Center Fellow in Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Professor Cheng teaches courses on Education Law and Family Law. In 2019 she received a Hall-Hartman Outstanding Professor Award for excellence in teaching.