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1Name:  Dr. Anita L. Allen
 Institution:  University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law
 Year Elected:  2022
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  304. Jurisprudence and Political Science
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1953
Anita LaFrance Allen (aka Allen-Castellitto) is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of New College, Florida and Harvard Law School with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Allen is an expert on privacy and data protection law, bioethics and public philosophy. She holds an honorary doctorate from Tilburg University and the College of Wooster. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New York state bars, and briefly practiced law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Allen began writing about privacy and data protection in the 1980’s and has remained a distinctive voice in defense of ethical, liberal, egalitarian and inclusive approaches to privacy regulation in the digital age. In 2022 Allen was presented the Privacy Award of the Berkeley Law and Technology Center and holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Allen has lectured on privacy and ethics in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and Israel. She has published five books (including Uneasy Access, Why Privacy Isn’t Everything, and Unpopular Privacy), several textbooks (including Privacy Law and Society), and over 120 scholarly articles and chapters; contributed to and been featured in popular newspapers, magazines, podcasts and blogs; and appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Allen has been a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Law, Yale Law, Villanova Law, Fordham Law, Tel Aviv Law, Waseda Law, and the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford. In 2024 Allen will be the Hart Fellow at University College, Oxford, and also give the H.L. A. Hart Memorial Lecture at Oxford. At Penn she is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, the Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. She formerly served for seven years as Penn’s Vice Provost for Faculty and chaired the Provost’s Arts Advisory Council. In 2019 Allen was the elected President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA). In 2021 she was awarded the Philip Quinn Prize by the APA for service to philosophy and philosophers. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Allen was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2022. Allen served under President Barack Obama as a member of the National Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Allen has advised the School for Criticism and Theory at Cornell and has served on the executive committees of the Association of American Law School and Association for Practical and Applied Ethics. Allen’s scholarly journal editorial board service has included Ethics, Hypatia, and the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics and the American Journal of Bioethics. Allen has a deep history of non-profit Board of Directors leadership with the National Constitution Center, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Future of Privacy Forum, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, and, local to Philadelphia, the Maternity Care Coalition, and the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children. Born in Port Townsend, Washington, Allen is the daughter of Grover C. Allen and Carrye M. Cloud Allen of Atlanta, one of six children. She is married to retired attorney Paul V. Castellitto of Mt. Vernon and New Rochelle, New York, and has two children. She is a member of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and enjoys gardening, travel and the visual arts. Allen is the first African American woman to hold both a PhD in philosophy and a law degree, and the first to be a president of the American Philosophical Association.
2Name:  Dr. Desmond King
 Institution:  University of Oxford
 Year Elected:  2022
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  304. Jurisprudence and Political Science
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1957
Desmond King is the Andrew W Mellon Professor of American Government at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of Nuffield College, and an Emeritus Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford. He is a leading scholar of the executive and federal government in US politics, racial inequality, immigration, illiberal forms of government policy often studied comparatively and the politics of social citizenship. His work is both normative and empirical. Drawing on new archival work, his books have documented how the federal government’s employment policies fostered segregation of African Americans in the century to 1975, and the extent to which the US’s founding institutions facilitated persistent discrimination. Subsequent empirical research studies federal responses to the financial crisis of 2008-09 and the rise of unitary executive theory. Professor King was born and educated in Ireland, where he graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. After graduate studies at Northwestern University he held lectureships at the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics and Political Science before moving to Oxford University. His publications include Separate and Unequal: African Americans and the US Federal Government (1995/2007), Actively Seeking Work: The Politics of Workfare in the US and Britain (1995), In the Name of Liberalism: Illiberal Social Policy in the US and Britain (1999), Making Americans: Immigration, Race and the Origins of the Diverse Democracy (2000), with Rogers M. Smith Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama’s America (2011), with Lawrence Jacobs Fed Power: How Finance Wins (2016), and with Stephen Skowronek and John Dearborn, Phantoms of a Beleaguered Republic: The Deep State and the Unitary Executive (2021). He was awarded a DLitt by Oxford in 2015, and he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003, the Royal Irish Academy in 2014, the Royal Historical Society in 2015, the Academia Europaea in 2016, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.
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