Assistant Professor of Law; Associate Director, East Asian Legal Studies Center
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (2011)
J.D., Harvard Law School (2008)
Franciska Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Associate Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center. She is an interdisciplinary scholar, whose work draws upon political theory, critical discourse analysis, and constitutional law.
Professor Coleman is deeply interested in the social justice implications of race and class hegemony in constitutional interpretation and in the effects of institutionalized oppression on the self-governing capability of vulnerable groups. Professor Coleman’s current research projects focus on 1) understanding the anatomy of cancel culture and its effects on marginalized groups as speakers and 2) understanding the relationship between equal protection and political power.
Prior to joining the faculty of UW Law School, Professor Coleman was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and also held a Visiting Scholar appointment at Harvard Law School.
Professor Coleman previously taught American Constitutional Law I and II at Yonsei Law School in Seoul, South Korea. During that time, she worked closely with the Korean government on several initiatives, such as international roundtables on offensive speech held by the Korean Communication Standards Commission and efforts by the Korean Legislation Research Institute to make Korean statutes more accessible to foreign communities.
Prior to her time in Korea, Professor Coleman worked as an associate in the litigation and appellate practice groups at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. She received her JD from Harvard Law School and her PhD in Literacy, Culture and International Education from the University of Pennsylvania. While studying at these institutions, she was awarded the AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship and the Fontaine Fellowship.
Scholarship & Publications
Franciska Coleman was elected chair elect of the Association of American Law Schools section on Constitutional Law.
Franciska Coleman was a panelist discussing "Private Employer Sanctions on Free Speech" during a Non-governmental Restrictions on Free Speech symposium hosted by Arizona State University on March 19, 2022.
Franciska Coleman presented “Federalism in the Time of COVID” for the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program entitled A Global Moment in Time: Photojournalists Document Challenges and Opportunities in the COVID era, on Oct. 5, 2021.
Franciska Coleman participated in "The Health of Our Democracy: A Status Check" in December. The online forum featured a panel of UW-Madison experts weighing in on the state of U.S. democracy in the aftermath of the November elections. Watch a video of the event.
News & Media
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2024Franciska Coleman: ‘Cure’ Usually Worse Than Disease of Offensive Speech
Wednesday, Oct 11, 2023Franciska Coleman on the Anatomy of Cancel Culture
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023UW System Releases Results of Free Speech Survey: Franciska Coleman Comments
Monday, Oct 25, 2021Franciska Coleman comments on cancel culture
Wisconsin Public Radio
Friday, Dec 4, 2020Franciska Coleman discusses Trump campaign's election lawsuits
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020New Faculty Focus: Franciska Coleman
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020Franciska Coleman: Can Trump successfully stop the ballot count in battleground states?
Monday, Oct 5, 2020Three constitutional law scholars join UW Law faculty