Albertina Antognini

Professor of Law

Albertina Antognini is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. She teaches Family Law, Property, Trusts & Estates, and a seminar that surveys how different legal fields shape the contemporary American family.

Professor Antognini’s research seeks to expose how categories that may appear “natural,” are in fact products of law. Her recent work focuses on nonmarital relationships and considers the relationship they hold to marriage across various legal doctrines. Professor Antognini’s scholarship has been selected for the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum and her pieces have been published in the Stanford Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and UC Davis Law Review, among others. Professor Antognini is a contributing editor to JOTWELL, and a founding co-organizer of the Nonmarriage Roundtable, an interdisciplinary conference bringing together scholars and advocates whose work addresses nonmarital relationships.

Professor Antognini received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She received her B.A., with honors and distinction, in Comparative Literature from Stanford University, and was awarded the Robert M. Golden Medal for her thesis on phenomenology and Italian literature. In 2010, she clerked for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the UA College of Law faculty, Professor Antognini was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School and an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Nonmarital Contracts, 73 Stan. L. Rev. 67 (2021).  
  • Nonmarital Coverture, 99 B.U. L. Rev. 2139 (2019).
  • Against Nonmarital Exceptionalism, 51 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1891 (2018).
  • The Law of Nonmarriage, 58 B.C. L. Rev. 1 (2017).
  • Family Unity Revisited:  Divorce, Separation, and Death in Immigration Law, 66 S.C. L. Rev. 1 (2014), reprinted in 18 Minn. Fam. L.J. 61 (2015).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • J.D. Harvard Law School
    Graduated cum laude
  • B.A. Stanford University
    Graduated with Departmental Honors and Distinction

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2018 - present
  • Assistant Professor of Law
    University of Kentucky College of Law
    2015 - 2018
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
    University of Kentucky College of Law
    2014 - 2015
  • Thomas C. Grey Fellow
    Stanford Law School
    2011 - 2014
  • Law Clerk, The Hon. Rosemary S. Pooler
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
    2010 - 2011