Anne C. Dailey

Evangeline Starr Professor of Law
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Office: Hosmer 210


  • Children and the Law
  • Psychology and Law
  • Family Law

Having joined the UConn Law faculty in 1990, Anne C. Dailey writes and teaches primarily in the areas of family law, children and the law, constitutional law, and law and psychoanalysis.  She graduated cum laude from Yale College and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was articles co-chair of the Harvard Law Review. Prior to beginning her teaching career, Professor Dailey clerked for the Honorable Jose A. Cabranes, then of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Over the years she has served as both associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for research and faculty development. Professor Dailey has held visiting professorships at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Yale Law School and Université d’Aix-Marseille.

Professor Dailey’s scholarly work currently focuses on issues relating to children and law. She recently co-wrote with Laura Rosenbury The New Law of the Child (Yale Law Journal 2018). She is the author of Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (Yale University Press 2017), which has won the American Psychoanalytic Association's 2018 Courage to Dream Book Prize, the UConn Humanities Institute 2018 Sharon Harris Book Award and The American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis 2018 Book Prize. Her work has been published in numerous law journals, including the Arizona Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Texas Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. In 2002, she was the recipient of the CORST prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association for the best interdisciplinary essay, a paper subsequently published in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Since 2009, she has been a research fellow at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. In fall 2012, she was the Erikson Scholar-in-Residence at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA, and in fall 2015 she was a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  Professor Dailey is a member of the American Law Institute and on the advisory board for the new Restatement of the Law of Children.

Anne C. DaileyThe New Law of the Child, 127 Yale L.J. 1448 (2018) (with Laura A. Rosenbury).

Anne C. Dailey, The Psychodynamics of Sexual Choice, 57 Arizona L. Rev. 1 (2015).

Anne C. Dailey, Children's Constitutional Rights, 96 Minn. L. Rev. 2099 (2011).
Anne C. Dailey, Imagination and Choice, 35 L. & Soc. Inquiry 1 (2010).
Anne C. DaileyThe Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, (R. Shweder, T. Bidell, A. Dailey, S. Dixon, P. Miller & J. Modell, eds. 2009).

Anne Dailey, Developing Citizens, 91 Iowa L. Rev. 431 (2006).

Anne Dailey, Developmental Perspectives on the Ideal of Reason in American Constitutional Law, 53 J. Am. Psychoanalytic Ass'n 1175 (2005).