Ralph Richard Banks
Ralph Richard Banks is author of IS MARRIAGE FOR WHITE PEOPLE?: HOW THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MARRIAGE DECLINE AFFECTS EVERYONE (Dutton, July, 2011). He is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where he has taught since 1998. He is an expert in family law, antidiscrimination law, and race and the law, all of which he regularly teaches, lectures and writes about. His scholarly articles have appeared in many of the nation’s leading law journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the Stanford Law Review, among others. He has published opinion articles in popular publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers. He has lectured to student and faculty audiences of various sizes at all the top law 20 schools, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia. He has also taught at Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia Law School. He has appeared on National Public Radio, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine.
During the past few years, Professor Banks has researched and written about the decline in marriage among African Americans. He has taught courses focused on that topic at Stanford and at the University of Virginia, and has delivered related lectures at a number of universities, including the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, the University of California, Berkeley, and Fordham University. His research has been supported by a fellowship provided by Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. He has also published two law review articles about African Americans and marriage--African American Intimacy: The Racial Gap in Marriage, 11 Mich. J. Race & L. 115 (2005) (with Su Jin Gatlin) and The Aftermath of Loving v. Virginia: Sex Asymmetry in African American Intermarriage, 533 Wisc. L .Rev. (2007). The “Aftermath of Loving” article has been selected to appear in Best African American Essays, 2010.