Helena Silverstein is Professor and Department Head of Government and Law at Lafayette College. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of Washington and B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary research and teaching specialties include law and society, constitutional law, abortion politics, and church/state issues. She is author of two books: Girls on the Stand: How Courts Fail Pregnant Minors (New York University Press, 2007) and Unleashing Rights: Law, Meaning, and the Animal Rights Movement (University of Michigan Press, 1996). Her research has also appeared in several journals, including Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Policy, Iowa Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Law and Inequality. From 2014 to 2016 she served as Program Director of the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation.