Faculty and Staff Profiles
Director of the Pre-Law Major
Colin Powell School for Civic and Global LeadershipDepartment
ProfileKaren Struening serves as the pre-law advisor for CCNY students and alums who are interested in applying to law school. In this capacity, she provides academic and law school application advising, plans events, offers academic support to current students and alerts students to law school-related resources and opportunities. She also teaches courses in the political science department in political and legal theory. Her current research focuses on the policing of sexual minorities.
Ph.D. Boston University, 1992
Courses TaughtPSC 12400: Political Ideas and Issues: The relevance of political theory in the examination and solution of current political controversies. The course will cover such themes as justice, legitimacy, civil liberties, civil disobedience, the nature of man, society and the state. Focus will be on great writings in political thought from all periods. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.PSC 27300: Classical Political Thought: Ancient writers and the experiences of the ancient city-state will be studied with a view to their influence, validity and contemporary relevance. Readings will include Plato and Aristotle, among others. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.PSC 27400: Modern Political Thought: Up to 1848: Will explore some of the political, social and ethical ideas which arose out of the process of modernization as it first occurred in the West. Readings vary from term to term, but include some of the following: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Diderot, Rousseau, Burke, Paine, Bentham, Hegel, Marx (early writings), Shakespeare, and novelists of the nineteenth century. There will be special emphasis on the Enlightenment and French Revolution. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.PSC 22900: Women and Politics: This course explores the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary feminism and analyzes the changing dimensions of women’s participation in American politics. Electoral, interest group, and elite level political involvement will be discussed and comparisons made with women’s political role in other nations. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
Publications“Walking While Wearing a Dress: Prostitution Loitering Laws and the Policing of Christopher Street,” Stanford Journal of Criminal Law and Policy, forthcomingNew Family Values: Liberty, Equality, and Diversity (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
"Do Government Sponsored Marriage Promotion Policies Place Undue Pressure on Individual Rights?," Policy Sciences 40(3) (September 2007)."Families 'In Law' and Families 'In Practice': Does the Law Recognize Families As They Really Are?," in Barbara J. Risman ed., Families As They Really Are (W.W. Norton, 2010.
"Looking for Liberty and Defining Marriage in Three Same-Sex Marriage Cases," in Gordon A. Babst, Emily R. Gill, and Jason Pierceson eds., Moral Argument, Religion, and Same-sex Marriage (Lexington, 2009).