Professor of Law



J.D., Harvard Law School
M.F.A. University of California, Irvine
A.B., Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges


Agency and Partnership
Gender and the Law
Employment Discrimination


Susan Keller first joined the faculty at Western State University College of Law in 1989 after teaching at the University of Miami and clerking for the Hon. Robert N. Wilentz, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She has published extensively in the area of Feminist Legal Theory, exploring the legal treatment of gender and sexuality. In 2002, she received a Masters degree in Creative Writing at the University of California at Irvine. From 2004 to 2007, Professor Keller served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, overseeing the academic program. After returning to teaching for three years, she resumed the position of Associate Dean in 2010.


  • Operations of Legal Rhetoric: Examining Transsexual and Judicial Identity, 34 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 329 (1999).
  • Crisis of Authority: Medical Rhetoric and Transsexual Identity, 11 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 51 (1999).
  • The Rhetoric of Marriage, Achievement and Power: An Analysis of Judicial Opinions Considering the Treatment of Professional Degrees as Marital Property, 21 Vermont Law Review 409 (1996).
  • Viewing and Doing: Complicating Pornography’s Meaning, 81 Georgetown Law Journal 2195 (1993).
  • Powerless to Please: Candida Royale’s Pornography for Women, 26 New England Law Review 1297 (1992).
  • Does the Roof Have to Cave In? The Landlord/Tenant Power Relationship and the Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, 9 Cardozo Law Review 1663 (1988).


  • January 2001: “Reading Ballots: The United States and Florida Supreme Courts on Writing and Interpretation”, Law and Literature Conference, University of California, Irvine.
  • May 1997: “Fetishism and Legal Institutions,” New Approaches to International Law, Harvard Law School.
  • February 1997: “Operations of Discourse: Judicial Opinions and Transsexual Identity,” The Letter of the Law: Law, Literature and Culture, University of Southern California.
  • October 1996: “Prophecy and Prurience,” New Approaches in Comparative and Foreign Law, University of Utah.