Constitution Day 2022

Constitution Day 2022

Reproductive Autonomy in the aftermath of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization


Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

Stockton University Campus Center Event Room

The event will be livestreamed to the Atlantic City campus.


Professor Mary Ziegler is a renowned constitutional scholar and a leading expert on the legal history of the American abortion debate.

Professor Ziegler’s books offer a kaleidoscopic view of the history of American abortion law and politics. Her first book, After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate (Harvard University Press, 2015), mines the history of the decade after the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion decision, Roe v. WadeAfter Roe won the Thomas J. Wilson Prize from Harvard University Press for best first manuscript.

Her second book, Beyond Abortion: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Privacy (Harvard University Press, 2018), studies the forgotten legacy of Roe in debates about sexual liberty, LGBTQ rights, the treatment of the mentally ill, consumer rights, data privacy, and the right to die.

In Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Professor Ziegler offers a comprehensive legal history of the abortion debate, from the recognition of a right to choose to the likely undoing of Roe today. The book documents a consequential shift in the terms of the abortion debate—toward claims about the basic facts—that only deepened polarization.

Her most recent book, Dollars for Life: The Antiabortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment (Yale University Press, summer 2022) “traces how the battle to reverse Roe v. Wade changed the rules of campaign finance, doomed the GOP establishment, and made fundamental changes to American democracy.”

Professor Ziegler is also a frequent contributor to major media outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post and CNN.

A graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Professor Ziegler is currently a Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law. She was previously the Daniel P.S. Paul Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State College of Law. 


Additional Information

Professor Ziegler's Books

Professor Ziegler's Op-Eds

Professor Ziegler's Interviews and Press

How New Jersey Protects Access to Abortion in the Aftermath of Dobbs (New Jersey Lawyer Article by Linda J. Wharton, 10/22)

Roe’s Death Will Change American Democracy (New York Times Op-Ed, 6/24/22)

If the Supreme Court Can Reverse Roe, It Can Reverse Anything (The Atlantic, 6/24/22)

Podcast: We the People, The Dobbs v. Jackson Case – Part 4 (Constitution Center, 6/27/22)

Abortion, Choice, and the Supreme Court: History Behind the Headlines (Event with the American Historical Association, 7/6/22)

The Dobbs v. Jackson Decision in Historical Perspective (Event with the Organization of American Historians, 7/7/22)

Abortion Law in the U.S. and Abroad After Roe (Event with the National Constitution Center, 7/14/22)

Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, 597 U.S. ___ (2022)

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992)

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)


Professor Ziegler’s books which are available to Stockton students, faculty and staff at the Richard E. Bjork Library:

After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate

Beyond Abortion: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Privacy

Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present

Dollars for Life: The Antiabortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment


2022 Constitution Day Planning Committee

Linda Wharton, Co-Chair

John Froonjian, Co-Chair

Claire Abernathy

Lauren Balasco

Sara Faurot Crowley

Darya Hrybava

Regina Kinney

Peter Gallagher

Nikki Strothers

Lisa Warnock

Kerrin Wolf

Maya Lewis

Michael Rodriguez

Mariam Majd

Mark Jackson

Shannon Aungst

Stacey Clapp


Sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, Office of the Provost, Office of Development & Alumni Relations and the Stockton University Foundation & the American Democracy Project/Political Engagement Project.


On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the United States Constitution.  Stockton University began celebrating this important occasion in 2006 as a result of a new federal law designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day.  The law—championed by Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia--requires public schools, universities and governmental entities to offer educational programs to promote a better understanding of our Constitution.

Professor Linda J. Wharton proposed to then-Provost David Carr that Stockton offer a series of events each September that focus on important constitutional issues.  Since 2006, Professor Wharton has chaired the Constitution Day Planning Committee, which includes a dedicated group of faculty and staff.  Administrative oversight is provided by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.

Over the years the Committee has partnered with the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, the Stockton University Foundation, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the Office of the Provost, and the Political Engagement/American Democracy Project to offer a variety of events, including a well-attended and popular annual keynote presentation by a constitutional scholar, public figure or journalist. 

Past Constitution Day Speakers: