Diane L. Rosenfeld


Diane L. Rosenfeld

Diane L. Rosenfeld, JD, LLM, is the founding director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School.  Additionally, she is a lecturer on the law at Harvard Law School where her courses include Title IX: Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice; Theories of Sexual Coercion and a reading group on Feminist Utopias. She works with her students to develop prevention strategies through the Gender Violence Legal Policy Workshop.

Diane’s primary areas of focus are creating cultures of sexual respect on campus to prevent sexual assault and new legal interventions for intimate partner violence through improved response to high-risk cases. A leading national expert in these areas, she has advised the Department of Justice and the Department of Education on how governmental policy can be deployed to stop gender-based violence.

As a thought leader in the field, she is currently at work on her first book, Bonobo Sisterhood Rising, about the power of female alliances to create a world where patriarchal violence is no longer the defining norm. 

Diane has appeared in national and local media including ABC’s Nightline, NPR’s All Things Considered, the Katie Couric Show, as well as the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Boston Globe. She has also been featured in two documentaries on campus sexual assault: The Hunting Ground and It Happened Here.  

Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Diane served as the first senior counsel to the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice.