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Susan Ayres
Professor of Law
Texas A&M University School of Law
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Phone: (817) 212-3943  Fax: (817) 212-3965
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Ph.D. 1997 Texas Christian University. J.D. 1988 Baylor University School of Law. M.A. 1985 University of Texas at San Antonio. B.A. magna cum laude 1982 Baylor University.

Research/Teaching Areas
Criminal Law
Family Law
Gender & the Law
Law & Literature

Who Is to Shame?  Narratives of Neonaticide, __ Wm. & Mary J. of Women & Law ___ (forthcoming 2007).

My Brilliant Career, 31 Legal Studies Forum 707 (poem).

Newfound Religion:  Mothers, God, and Infanticide, 33 Fordham Urb. L. J. 335 (2006).

Hélène Cixous’s “The Perjured City”:  Nonprosecution Alternatives to Collective Violence, 9 N.Y. City L. Rev. 1 (2005).

The Power of Stories:  Gloucester Tales (symposium introduction) and Round Table Discussion:  Where is Law and Literature Headed? (moderator), 12 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 1, 485 (2006).

The Power of Stories, Wesleyan Lawyer 25 (Fall 2005).

The Beauty Bar and Sage, 30 Legal Stud. F. 573 (2006) (poems).

The Rhetorics of Takings Cases:  It’s Mine v. Let’s Share, 5 Nev. L.J. 615 (2005).

When the Bough Breaks:  Stories of Infanticide, Wesleyan Lawyer 13 (Spring/Summer 2005).

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle:  How Children’s Literature Reflects Motherhood, Identity, and International Adoption, 10 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 315 (2004).

“[N]ot a story to pass on”:  Constructing Mothers Who Kill, 15 Hastings Women’s L.J. 39 (2004).

The Silent Voices of the Law, in Literature and the Law 21 (Michael Meyer ed., Rodopi Pr., 2004).

The Silent Voices of the Law¸ Wesleyan Lawyer 25 (Winter 2002).

Incest in A Thousand Acres:  Cheap Trick or Feminist Re-vision?  11 Tex. J. Women & L. 131 (2002).

Pink Ghetto, 11 Yale J.L. & Feminism 1 (1999) (poem).

Coming Out:  Decision-Making in State and Federal Sodomy Cases, 62 Alb. L. Rev. 355 (1999), reprinted in Privacy and the Constitution (vol. 3) 219 (Madeleine Mercedes Plasencia ed., 1999).

Outlaw Against the Thinking Fathers, in "How Shall We Tell Each Other of the Poet?":  The Life and Writing of Muriel Rukeyser (Anne Herzog and Janet Kaufman eds., 1999).

The "Straight Mind" in Russ's The Female Man, 22 Science-Fiction Studies 22 (1995); reprinted in Critical Studies on the Feminist Subject 165 (Giovanna Covi ed., 1997).

"Piper, pipe that song again": The Pied Piper Motif in the Poems of W. S. Merwin, 18 Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 54 (1997).

Women in the Later Poems of William Carlos Williams:  "What should you do / but love them?" 15 Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 168 (1994).

Poetry published in various journals and magazines including Kalliope, Bellowing Ark, Cimarron Review, The Texas Review, descant, Arachne, Palo Alto Review.

Symposium Speaker for “Not That Kind of Girl:  The Legal Treatment of Women Defying Traditional Gender Roles,” William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law, February 2008.

“Infanticide,” Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, John Peter Smith Hospital, September 2007.

“Stories of Neonaticide,” Rights, Ethics, Law & Literature, Swansea University, July 2007.

“Rural and National Narratives of Neonaticide,” Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference, Georgetown Law School, March 2007.

“Who Is to Shame?  Narratives of Neonaticide,” Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop on Storytelling and the Law, Emory School of Law, October, 2006.

“The Power of Stories:  Law in Susan Glaspell’s A Jury of Her Peers,” Texas Wesleyan Law Review Alumni Dinner, Oct. 2005.

Moderator, Roundtable “Where Is Law and Literature Headed?” The Power of Stories Conference, Gloucester, England, July 2005.

“Deific Decree:  Mothers, God, and Infanticide,” Law and Society Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, June 2005.

“New-Found Religion:  Mothers, God, and Infanticide,” Law, Culture and Humanities Conference, Austin, March 2005.

“’[N]ot a story to pass on’:  Constructing Mothers Who Kill,”  Texas Wesleyan Faculty Development Roundtable, May 2004.

“The Rhetorics of Takings Cases:  It’s Mine Versus Let’s Share,” Rhetoric Society of America, Austin, May 2004.

“’[N]ot a story to pass on’:  Constructing Mothers Who Kill,”  Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference, Hartford, March 2004.

“The Hand that Rocks the Cradle:  A Law and Literature Approach to Motherhood, Identity, and International Adoption,”  International Adoption and Cultural Transformations Symposium, Ft. Worth, November 2003.