Anne C. Dailey

Evangeline Starr Professor of 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 two areas of interest: children and the law, and psychoanalysis and the law. 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 and the UConn Humanities Institute 2018 Sharon Harris Book Award. 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, Yale Law Journal (forthcoming 2018) (with Laura A. Rosenbury)

Anne C. DaileyLaw and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (Yale University Press 2017)

Anne C. Dailey, The Psychodynamics of Sexual Choice, 57 Arizona L. Rev. 343 (2015)

Anne C. Dailey, Children's Constitutional Rights, 96 Minn. L. Rev. 2099 (2011)
Anne C. Dailey, Imagination and Choice, 35 Law & Soc. Inquiry 175 (2010)
Anne C. Dailey (et al.),The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, (Univ. of Chicago Press, 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. Psychoanal. Assoc. 1175 (2005)

Recent Faculty Notes
Anne Dailey's Book Wins Humanities Award
Jun 28, 2018 -

Professor Anne Dailey has received the 2018 Sharon Harris Book Award from the UConn Humanities Institute for her book "Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective," published in 2017 by Yale University Press. The award recognizes a faculty member at the University of Connecticut whose book or monograph "best demonstrates scholarly depth and intellectual acuity and highlights the importance of humanities scholarship." The book previously won the 2018 Courage to Dream Book Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association. Read more about the book ...

Anne Dailey Presents at Association's Annual Conference
Mar 19, 2018 -

Professor Anne Dailey spoke at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities' 21st annual meeting at Georgeotwn Law School in Washington, D.C., on March 16, 2018. Dailey presented on her book "Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective."

Anne Dailey's Book Wins Psychoanalytic Association Prize
Mar 3, 2018 -

Professor Anne Dailey received the 2018 Courage to Dream Book Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association at its national meeting in New York on February 15, 2018, for her book Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. The book, released in December 2017 by Yale University Press, describes the long-standing relationship between psychoanalysis and American law and demonstrates that a psychoanalytic perspective grounded in solid clinical work can bring the law into line with the reality of psychological experience. Read more about the book ...