Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw is the Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum and professor of law at UCLA and Columbia law schools. She writes in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law.  She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and the co-editor of a volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Prof. Crenshaw has lectured nationally and internationally on race matters and on “intersectionality” a concept she coined to capture the multidimensional dynamics of discrimination.  Her work was cited in the drafting of the South African constitution.  Crenshaw has lectured throughout the world, addressing audiences in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.  In 1996 she co-founded the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) to highlight the centrality of gender and structural inequality in racial justice discourses. Prof. Crenshaw has held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Latin America and the Fletcher Fellowship.  She is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences.

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Luke Charles Harris

Professor Luke Harris is the Program Director of the African American Policy Forum and teaches American Politics and Constitutional Law at Vassar College. Professor Harris co-founded the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) as part of an ongoing effort to promote women’s rights in the context of struggles for racial justice. Prof. Harris earned a B.A. at Saint Joseph’s University, a J.D. and an LL.M at Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton. An expert in the field of Critical Race Theory, Prof. Harris has authored a series of important essays on questions of racial and gender equality in contemporary America; and was the co-writer and chief consultant for Kathe Sandler’s 1993 award-winning documentary film, A Question of Color. More recently, his ground breaking essay, Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging the Myth of Preferential Treatment, co-authored with Uma Narayan, was republished in Hugh LaFollette’s, Ethics in Practice, in 2006.

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