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503. Administrators, Bankers and Opinion Leaders from the Public or Private Sectors[X]
1Name:  Professor Dorothy E. Roberts
 Institution:  University of Pennsylvania
 Year Elected:  2023
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  503. Administrators, Bankers and Opinion Leaders from the Public or Private Sectors
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1956
Dorothy E. Roberts is 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology, Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, Professor of Africana Studies, Center for Africana Studies, Research Associate, Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1980. Dorothy Roberts is the founding director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Program on Race, Science, and Society. She works at the intersection of law, social justice, science, and health, focusing on social justice issues in policing, family regulation, science, medicine, and bioethics. She has written extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues. Noteworthy among her studies are those of community-level effects of concentrated child welfare involvement in African American neighborhoods and race consciousness in biomedicine, law, and social policy. Her book Killing the Black Body received the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Book Award and the Radcliffe Graduate Society Medal. Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare received the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s Outstanding Achievement of Cultural Competency in Child Maltreatment, Prevention, and Intervention Award. She is the author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and The Meaning of Liberty, 1997; Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare, 2001; Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, 2011; and Torn Apart: How The Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World, 2022. She is a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (board, 2015- ); National Academy of Medicine, 2017; and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2022. She was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2023.
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