UCLA Distinguished Professor of Law Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading authority on civil rights and Black feminist legal thought, has been named a 2018 fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
AAPSS, created in 1889 to advance multidisciplinary research on contemporary political, economic, social and policy issues, annually recognizes a small number of fellows for their leadership in the social sciences. Crenshaw was named the Charlotte Perkins Gilman Fellow for 2018.
An innovator in Critical Race Studies and founder of the #SayHerName movement to recognize victims of anti-Black and police violence, Crenshaw is recognized as one of the most influential figures in her field. She is a professor at both UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, and she leads the African American Policy Forum.
Other 2018 AAPSS fellows include Raj Chetty, an economist and professor at Harvard University; Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and op-ed columnist for The New York Times; Nicholas Lemann, a journalist, historian, professor and dean emeritus of the Columbia Journalism School; and Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University.
The 2018 fellows will be honored at a gala in Washington, D.C., in October 2019.