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Susan Bisom Rapp

Distinguished Professor in Residence

JSD, Columbia University
LLM, Columbia University
JD, University of California, Berkeley (Order of the Coif)
BS, Cornell University
225 Cedar Street
Torts II

Susan Bisom-Rapp is a scholar in the field of international and comparative workplace law, who writes about globalization, equal employment opportunity, occupational safety and health, and the gig economy. Her most recent book is Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination and the Gendered Workforce (Cambridge University Press 2016) (with Malcolm Sargeant). Professor Bisom-Rapp also co-authored the casebook, The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law. She is author or co-author of numerous articles and book chapters. Prior to her academic career, Professor Bisom-Rapp practiced workplace law in New York City at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

An elected member of the American Law Institute since 2007 and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 2018, Professor Bisom-Rapp serves on the academic advisory board of the Doctoral Research School in Labour, Development and Innovation at the Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. She also serves on the editorial board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal. Professor Bisom-Rapp is chair elect of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education. She was the recipient of the national 2019 Paul Steven Miller Memorial Award for outstanding academic and public contributions to the field of labor and employment law scholarship.

A member of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty since 1996, Professor Bisom-Rapp served as that law school’s Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Scholarship from 2016-2020 and has held the title Professor of Law since 2005. She was Visiting Associate Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2003, and has taught law in China, France, and Italy. In 2020, she was voted Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor of the Year by the student body.


  • Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination And The Gendered Workforce (with Malcolm Sargeant) (Cambridge University Press 2016).
  • The Global Workplace: International And Comparative Employment Law – Cases And Materials (with Roger Blanpain, William R. Corbett, Hilary K. Josephs, & Michael J. Zimmer) (Aspen/KLI 2d ed. 2012) (Cambridge University Press 1st ed. 2007).

Law Review Articles

  • Sex Harassment Training Must Change: The Case for Legal Incentives for Transformative Education and Prevention, 71 Stan. L. Rev. Online 62 (2018).
  • The Role of the State Towards the Grey Zone of Employment: Eyes on Canada and the United States, 58 Papers In Political Economy 1 (with Urwana Coiquaud) (2017).
  • It’s Complicated: Age, Gender, and Lifetime Discrimination against Working Women – The United States and the U.K. as Examples, 22 Elder L.J. 1 (with Malcolm Sargeant) (2014).
  • Diverging Doctrine, Converging Outcomes: Evaluating Age Discrimination Law in the United Kingdom and the United States, 44 Loy. U. Chi. 717 (with Malcolm Sargeant) (2013).
  • North American Border Wars: The Role of Canadian Scholarship in U.S. Labor Law Reform Debates, 30 Hofstra Lab. & Emp. L. J. 1 (with Michael J. Zimmer) (2012).
  • What We Learn in Troubled Times: Deregulation and Safe Work in the New Economy, 55 Wayne L. Rev. 1197 (2009).
  • Exceeding Our Boundaries: Transnational Law Practice and the Export of American Lawyering Styles to the Global Workplace, 25 Comp. Lab. L. & Pol’Y J. 257 (2004).
  • An Ounce of Prevention is a Poor Substitute for a Pound of Cure: Confronting the Developing Jurisprudence of Education and Prevention in Employment Discrimination Law, 22 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 1 (2001).
  • Bulletproofing the Workplace: Symbol and Substance in Employment Discrimination Law Practice, 26 Fla. State U. L. Rev. 959 (1999).