Catharine MacKinnon became a controversial figure within feminism largely due to her role in the “sexuality debates” of the 1980s. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1946, MacKinnon received her B.A. from Smith College, and went on to earn a J.D. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Currently, she is the Elizabeth A. Long professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, and the James Barr Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard University.