Caroline Joan (“Kay”) S. Picart is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Florida A & M University’s College of Law, USA, and Editor of Fairleigh Dickinson University Press’s book series on Law, Culture and the Humanities. She is a both an attorney at law practicing in federal and state appellate criminal and family law, and a legal scholar who publishes peer-reviewed journal articles and books principally on law, criminology, sociology, and film.
A first generation naturalized US citizen, she was born in the Philippines and has travelled extensively on international scholarships and academic appointments. Kay not only has a JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, Florida Journal of International Law; Research Editor, Journal of Technology Law and Policy; Tybel Spivack Fellow; Florida Bar Foundation Fellow), but also a PhD in Political Philosophy (doctoral minors in Aesthetics & Criticism and Comparative Literature) from Pennsylvania State University, USA; a postdoctoral fellowship on Jurisprudence with the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory, USA; an MPhil from Christ College, University of Cambridge, UK (Sir Run Run Shaw Scholar and Wolfson Prize Winner in History and Philosophy of Science), and a BS in Biology/Pre-Medical Studies (magna cum laude) from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
Prior to pursuing a law degree, she was a tenured Associate Professor of English and Humanities, with a courtesy appointment at the Florida State University School of Law. After graduating from law school with a joint degree in law and women’s studies, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the 8th Judicial Circuit, specializing in post-conviction relief. Winner of the prestigious 2016 “Best Essay” Award by Dapim, an internationally renowned Israeli scholarly journal on Holocaust studies, she has authored and/or edited 18 peer reviewed books with university and scholarly presses and numerous peer-reviewed scholarly articles both nationally and internationally, inclusive of American Self-Radicalizing Terrorists and the Allure of “Jihadi Cool/Chic” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017); Law In and As Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016; reprinted 2017); Framing Law and Crime (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 2016); Assumptions and Unintended Consequences of Florida’s HB 87 and the Foreclosure Crisis, 119 PENN STATE LAW REVIEW 1, 93-130 (November 2014); and Critical Race Theory and Copyright in American Dance (Palgrave, 2013), among others.
Kay has taught at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and Yonsei University in South Korea, as well as at Pennsylvania State University, Florida Atlantic University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, St. Lawrence University, Florida State University, the University of Florida, and Keiser University in the United States. She has reviewed manuscripts, manuscript proposals and scholarly articles, and made editorial recommendations regarding publication for numerous presses and scholarly journals, such as Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; University of New York Press; University of Wisconsin Press, W.W. Norton and Company; the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture; Rhetoric and Public Affairs; Social Studies of Science; Science, Technology, and Human Values; and Critical Studies in Media Communication, among others.