Frances Ansley

Professor Emeritus, College of Law Distinguished Professor of Law

Frances Ansley


BA, 1969, Harvard/Radcliffe College
JD, 1979, University of Tennessee College of Law
LLM, 1988, Harvard Law School


Professor Ansley’s expertise reaches beyond the law school and into the community. While teaching at the College of Law, she often found ways to involve her students in collaborative projects aimed at working with communities to tackle problems of injustice, and her scholarly research tended in a similar direction.

Since retiring from teaching in 2007, she has continued both her active scholarship and community engagement. She still works with faculty and students from the College of Law on projects of mutual interest.  Over the years Professor Ansley’s writings have explored a range of issues. Most recently she has focused largely on immigrants’ rights and labor rights and the relationship between the two.

Professor Ansley’s articles have appeared in a number of law reviews, including California, Colorado, Cornell, Georgetown, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. She co-edited a 2009 book on Latino immigration to the Southeastern United States, and she has contributed chapters to several interdisciplinary books on issues of race, gender, poverty, and workers’ responses to globalization.