Margaret F. Brinig
Fritz Duda Family Professor of Law
Margaret F. Brinig, who recently published Law, Family and Community: Supporting the Covenant, is known for her empirical analysis of family law. Widely published, Brinig has worked with co-authors in law, economics, sociology, medicine, public health and social norms.
Brinig is a member of the American Association of Law Schools, the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section and Divorce Reform Committee, and the American Law Institute. She is an officer of the American Association of Law Schools Law and Economics Section, the International Society of Family Law, and the Canadian Law and Economics Association. In addition to her role as Duda Professor, she serves as the Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Culture.
Professor Brinig’s current projects include work on the intersections between family form, parenting styles, and religiosity both in the United States and internationally.
She has also been working with her colleague Nicole Garnett on exploring the effects on neighborhoods of closing parochial schools. This involves questions of why particular parochial schools close, what happens to neighborhood social cohesion and disorder, and how crime rates are affected. In continuing work, Brinig and Garnett consider whether the strong network effects generated by Catholic elementary schools that remain are also found in charter schools, finding that so far the charter schools tend to decrease social cohesion and increase disorder and crime.
The Duda Professorship was endowed by Notre Dame Trustee and parent Fritz L. Duda. He and his wife, Mary Lee, have established professorships in each of Notre Dame’s colleges and schools.