November 14, 2011 – Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw will be honored with the Community Champion Award by A New Way of Life Reentry Project, which provides housing and support services to formerly incarcerated women and works to restore the civil rights of people with criminal records. Professor Crenshaw is being recognized for her groundbreaking scholarship integrating theory and practice to address issues facing women of color. She will receive the award at the organization’s 2011 fundraising gala “Catching Falling Stars,” which will be held in Universal City, CA on November 17, 2011.
Professor Crenshaw, who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1986, teaches Civil Rights and other courses in critical race studies and constitutional law. Her primary scholarly interests center on race and the law, and she was a founder and has been a leader in the intellectual movement called Critical Race Theory. She was elected Professor of the Year by the 1991 and 1994 graduating classes. She now splits her time each year between UCLA Law and the Columbia School of Law.
Professor Crenshaw’s publications include Critical Race Theory (edited by Crenshaw, et al., 1995) and Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech and the First Amendment (with Matsuda, et al., 1993).
In 2007, Professor Crenshaw was nominated the Fulbright Chair for Latin America in Brazil. In 2008, she was awarded an Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship, and she joined the selective group of scholars awarded an in-residence fellowship at the Center of Advanced Behavioral Studies at Stanford University.