Dr. Michelle Alexander

Dr. Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar. As an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, she directed the Civil Rights Clinic and pursued a research agenda focused on the intersection of race and criminal justice.

The winner of 2005 Soros Justice Fellowship, and former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, Dr. Alexander holds a joint appointment with Ohio State’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law, where she teaches courses on race, civil rights, and criminal justice.

She has appeared as a commentator on CNN and MSNBC, among other media outlets For several years, Professor Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. Professor

Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the United States Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

In her new book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, she argues that although Jim Crow laws have been eliminated, the racial caste system it set up was not eradicated, it’s simply been redesigned, and now functions through the criminal justice system as a contemporary means of racial control.

Praise for The New Jim Crow:

Devastating. . . . Alexander does a fine job of truth-telling, pointing a finger where it rightly should be pointed: at all of us, liberal and conservative, white and black.


Alexander is absolutely right to fight for what she describes as a “much-needed conversation��� about the wide-ranging social costs and divisive racial impact of our criminal- justice policies.

Ellis Cose, Newsweek




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