Briefing Room


Professor Alexander Named in The Root 100

December 2, 2010 | Faculty

Moritz Professor Michelle Alexander was included in “The Root 100,” a list of “young African-American pace setters and game changers” compiled by The Root, a prominent daily online magazine devoted to providing commentary from black perspectives.

Alexander is honored for researching, writing, and publishing her new book, The Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. In the book, Alexander argues that a system of mass incarceration “operates as a tightly networked system of laws, policies, customs, and institutions that operate collectively to ensure the subordinate status of a group defined largely by race.”

According to The Root, the annual list includes 100 honorees who are “impactful, creative, iconoclastic, innovative, committed to community, and, in many instances, defiant of any restrictive definitions of what it means to be black in America in 2010.”

Professor Alexander joined Ohio State in 2005 and holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Alexander has significant experience in the field of civil rights advocacy and litigation, and, after graduating from Stanford Law School, clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.