Karen M. Tani is Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of States of Dependency: Welfare, Rights, and American Governance, 1935-1972 (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which won the Cromwell Book Prize from the American Society for Legal History in 2017. Her work has also appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Law and History Review, and other scholarly journals. She has taught torts for eight years, at Berkeley and Columbia, and has worked to make the standard torts curriculum more attentive to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
Professor Tani is the first graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s J.D./Ph.D. program in American Legal History. Following her law school graduation, she clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Tani was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law and the George Sharswood Fellow in Law and History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.