Dr. Schafer's BA degree is in American and English literature; her advanced degrees are in United States history. She has taught American legal history at Tulane Law School since 1987. In addition, she teacher "Slavery and Freedom in the Antebellum South" and a graduate seminar in American legal history in the Tulane University Department of History.
Professor Schafer has published numerous articles and review essays in law reviews and historical journals. She has also published three books: Slavery, the Civil Law, and the Supreme Court of Louisiana (winner of the Francis Simkins Prize of the Southern Historical Association and the Kemper Williams award of the Louisiana Historical Association); Becoming Free: Manumission and Enslavement in Antebellum New Orleans; and Brothels, Depravity and Abandoned Women: Illegal Sex in Antebellum New Orleans, winner of the Gulf Coast Historical Association's book prize for 2011.
American Legal History: 1607 - 1877