Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Humanities and Arts
Expert in Constitutional law, education law and policy, social and legal history, and inequality who published extensively in these areas including her book Courage to Dissent (2012) which won the Bancroft Prize. Scholarship illuminates the roles of individuals, social movements, as well as political and legal structures in historical struggles over civil rights with assiduous attention to local details and fearless examination of tensions among allies. Current research focuses on the appointment of women and people of color to the federal judiciary and the challenges faced by first-generation college students.