• Professor, College Of Law


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


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 1461 (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 recent years, Rosky has served as the primary author of SB 196 (2015) and SB 296 (2017), Utah laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination in education, employment, and housing.  In addition, Rosky's 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.