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Nancy J. Knauer is Professor of Law and Director of the Temple Law & Public Policy Program.  Professor Knauer teaches in the areas of Taxation, Property, Political & Civil Rights, and Public Policy. Her scholarship focuses on issues related to LGBT rights, taxation, religion, and aging.  Professor Knauer has received numerous awards for her teaching, scholarship, and service.

In 2012 Professor Knauer created the Temple Law & Public Policy Program (LPP Program) where students study the intersection of law, politics, and policy. The LPP Program is based in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.  It combines theory, practice, and professionalism and allows students to gain experience with policy making on the federal, state, and local levels.  Law & Public Policy Scholars begin the LPP Program in their first or second summer in Washington, D.C. where they secure an internship, take a course on institutional decision making, and participate in leadership training. The Scholars also write a policy paper related to their internship. When the Scholars return to Philadelphia in the Fall, they shift their focus from the federal level to the municipal level. They work collaboratively on policy projects identified by the Program’s liaisons in City Hall as among the most pressing issues facing the City. In the Spring, Scholars are able to pursue opportunities to work on legislative initiatives at the state level in Pennsylvania or take a full semester in Washington, D.C. The Scholars are also encouraged to present their papers at conferences and seek other outlets for their work, such as publications, blog posts, and op-ed pieces. Law & Public Policy Scholars have written guest blog posts for Forbes.com, op-ed pieces for regional newspapers, and presented their papers at national and international academic conferences. In addition to traditional law reviews, they have published in The Atlantic, Tax Notes International, and City Journal.

Professor Knauer is the co-founder of the Aging, Law & Society Collaborative Research Network of the National Law & Society Association and served on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Association.



J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

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  • What the Best Law Teachers Do (subject of study) (2013)
  • Outstanding University Faculty Service Award (2012)
  • Dukeminier Award (2010) awarded for best article on sexual orientation and gender identity law: LGBT Elder Law: Toward Equity in Aging, 32 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 1 (2009)
  • Stu Walter Prize (2010) awarded for outstanding scholarship in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity: LGBT Elder Law: Toward Equity in Aging, 32 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 1 (2009)
  • Friel-Scanlan Award for Outstanding Scholarship (2004) awarded for Science, Identity, and the Construction of the Gay Political Narrative, 12 LAW & SEXUALITY 1 (2003)
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