Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, College Of Law



  • J.D., Law, Yale Law School
  • B.A., Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Award. Student Bar Association, 01/2016
  • Excellence in Teaching Award. S.J. Quinney College of Law, 01/2016
  • HRC Equality Award. Human Rights Campaign, 01/2015
  • Dukeminier Award. Williams Institute, 01/2012
  • Early Career Teaching Award. S.J. Quinney College of Law, 01/2011
  • Dukeminier Award. Williams Institute, 01/2010
  • Irving S. Ribicoff Fellowship. Yale Law School, 01/2001


Clifford Rosky is Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches courses on constitutional law, criminal law, and sexuality, gender and law. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Amherst College. Before joining the faculty, Rosky served as a Research Fellow for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law. 

Rosky's recent scholarship includes "Anti-Gay Curriculum Laws," 117 Columbia Law Review __ (2017); "Scrutinizing Immutability," 53 Journal of Sex Research 363 (2016) (with Lisa Diamond); "Same-Sex Marriage and Children's Right to Be Queer," 22 GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 531 (2016); "Still Not Equal: A Report from the Red States," in After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights (NYU 2016).

Rosky is a two-time recipient of the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best legal scholarship on sexual orientation and gender identity published in the previous year. He has received three teaching awards from the College of Law: the Early Career Teaching Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Faculty Award.  In 2015, Rosky received an Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT people.

Rosky has provided legal commentary on issues related to sexuality, gender, and same-sex marriage to numerous press outlets, including the Associated Press, the L.A. Times, the N.Y. Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, National Public Radio, and Al Jazeera.

In 2015 and 2017, Rosky served as the primary author of SB 196 and SB 296, Utah laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination in education, employment, and housing.  Rosky's forthcoming article in the Columbia Law Review provided the foundation for Equality Utah v. Utah State Board of Education, the country's first challenge to statewide anti-gay curriculum laws.


  • American Association of Law Schools, Organizing Committee , Mid-Year Meeting on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, 01/2013 - 12/2013
  • Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities , Organizing Committee, 01/2012 - 01/2015
  • Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities , Programs Committee, 01/2009 - 01/2011
  • Law and Society Association , Programs Committee, 01/2009 - 01/2010
  • Utah Labor Commission, Employment Discrimination Advisory Council , Member, 01/2015 - 01/2017
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Utah Advisory Committee , Member, 05/2014 - 05/2016
  • Equality Utah, Advisory Council , Member, 01/2015 - present
  • Equality Utah, Board of Directors , Chair, 01/2013 - 01/2015
  • Equality Utah, Board of Directors , Member, 01/2009 - 01/2015