The Catholic University of America

Human Ecology: Integrating 125 Years of Catholic Social Doctrine

Presented by The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics

March 16 – 18, 2016

Erika Bachiochi 
American Legal Scholar


Erika is a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center and a Research Scholar at the University of St. Thomas Law School. She is a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. Recent scholarly publications include “Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (2011) and “Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching,” Christian Bioethics (Oxford University, 2013). She has edited two books: Women, Sex & the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching (Pauline Books and Media, 2011), and The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion (Encounter Books, 2004). As a member of the Catholic Women’s Forum, Erika has submitted papers to the Pontifical Council on the Laity (Women’s Division), and as a speaker at the World Meeting of Families (2015), to the Pontifical Council on the Family. She has represented the Holy See at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Erika is a contributor to the Law Professor Blogs Network blog, Mirror of Justice, and is currently working on a book on rival feminisms and the Supreme Court.


  • Boston University School of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2002
  • Boston College, Masters of Theology, with distinction, 1999
    • Bradley Fellowship, Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion
  • Middlebury College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, 1997

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