Announcing the 2019-2020 LAPA Fellows

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University is pleased to announce its fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Steven Chanenson, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Cheryl I. Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. UCLA School of Law
  • Felicia Kornbluh, Professor of History and of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University of Vermont
  • Robin A. Lenhardt, Professor of Law, Founder and Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Law & Justice at Fordham Law School
  • Sarah E. Light, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kunal Parker, Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami School of Law

Each class of LAPA fellows brings to Princeton expertise and experience in law and related subjects.  The fellows spend the academic year in residence pursuing their research projects, participating in law-related programs, and engaging with faculty and students.  LAPA fellows are selected in a competitive process from a large interdisciplinary and international applicant pool.


Steven L. Chanenson, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Professor Chanenson is the Director of the Villanova Sentencing Workshop and former Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, An elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Chanenson was the Liaison from the National Association of Sentencing Commissions to the American Law Institute regarding efforts to revise the sentencing portions of the Model Penal Code. He was the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s recently adopted Criminal Records Accuracy Act.  In addition, he is currently a Managing Editor of and frequent contributor to the Federal Sentencing Reporter (University of California Press/Vera Institute of Justice), the leading professional journal of brief commentary on sentencing law, theory, and reform.   In recognition of his dedication to public service, the Truman Foundation named Professor Chanenson a Truman Scholar and subsequently bestowed upon him early in the Truman Foundation's Judge Joseph Stevens Award for Outstanding Public Service in the Field of Law in 2005.  Professor Chanenson received a B.A. in economics and M.S. in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.  He clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Supreme Court Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He also served in the Chambers of the Honorable David H. Souter. Before entering teaching, he practiced at a major commercial law firm and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division in Chicago.  While at LAPA he will be examining what happens when selected Nordic penal practices are adopted in an American prison.


Cheryl I. Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties,UCLA School of Law

Professor Harris is one of the founding and foundational scholars of Critical Race Studies having written, among her many articles, Whiteness as Property, published in the Harvard Law Review. She has lectured widely on race, inequality and anti-discrimination law, in the US and internationally.  Harris was also part of a multi-year collaborative project between progressive US lawyers and South African lawyers, which played a critical role in the development of South Africa’s first democratic constitution.  More recently, she has worked in collaboration with scholars in Australia on issues of race and indigeneity and has been a visiting scholar at RMIT University in Melbourne.   She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary work and served as Interim Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at UCLA from its creation in 2014 to 2016. Professor Harris received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her law degree from Northwestern School of Law.  She practiced with a leading criminal defense firm in Chicago, and later served as a senior legal advisor in the City Attorney’s office during the reform administration of Mayor Harold Washington.  Her current research project investigates the historic and current relationship among race, debt, and property and how the creation and management of debt is part of broader mechanisms of racialized dispossession.


Felicia Kornbluh, Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University of Vermont

Professor Kornbluh is an advocate and writer, as well as a scholar and teacher, who has served on the Vermont Commission on Women and as president of United Academics, the UVM faculty union (AFT/AAUP).  Kornbluh’s roots lie in advocacy for women and children.  In high school, she was Senior Editor of Children’s Express news service, and after college served as a staff member at the U.S. House Committee on Children, Youth, and Families and two Washington, D.C.-based think tanks.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and is Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Vermont Action Fund.  Kornbluh’s research and writing concern the history of social and economic policy in the modern United States, and the role of grassroots social movements in making policy change.  Her first book, The Battle for Welfare Rights, focused on a movement of low-income women and their allies in New York City and nationally.  Her second, Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective (co-authored with Gwendolyn Mink) chronicled the history of the 1996 welfare reform.  Professor Kornbluh received her BA from Harvard-Radcliffe College and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is now at work on two projects, a collection of her own essays about grassroots movements and public policy and a monograph on reproductive rights and reproductive justice entitled “How to Fight a War on Women.”


Robin A. Lenhardt, Professor of Law, Founder and Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Law & Justice,Fordham Law School

Professor Lenhardt specializes in matters pertaining to race, civil rights, family, and citizenship. Before entering academia, she held a number of positions in the private and non-profit sectors.  She was a Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where she was a member of the litigation team that defended the University of Michigan in the affirmative action lawsuits of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger. She received a Skadden Foundation Fellowship to work as a staff attorney for the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and also served as an attorney advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. She later returned to DOJ to review civil rights issues as part of President Barack Obama’s transition team. Professor Lenhardt is currently an American Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Brown University Corporation. She recently received the 2019 American Association of Law Schools’ Clyde Ferguson Award for her teaching, scholarship, and service.  She holds an A.B. degree in English from Brown University; a J.D. from Harvard Law School; an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and an L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  After law school, she clerked for Judge Hugh Bownes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Professor Lenhardt is currently co-editor of a book entitled Critical Race Judgments: U.S. Opinions on Race and Law. While at LAPA she will be working on a book, Race, Law, and Family in an American City: The Untold Story of Moore v. City of East Cleveland.


Sarah E. Light, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Light’s research examines issues at the intersection of environmental law, corporate sustainability, and business innovation.  In 2018 Professor Light’s scholarship earned her the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability Emerging Sustainability Scholar Award, which recognized her rigorous and salient contributions that cross disciplinary and national boundaries.  Before entering academia, Professor Light served for 11 years in the Civil Division of United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, during which she was Chief of the Environmental Protection Unit from 2007 to 2011.  In addition to Wharton, Professor Light has taught at Brooklyn, Fordham, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Schools and Columbia University.  She holds an AB from Harvard College and a JD from Yale Law School.  A Rhodes Scholar, she received an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University.  Following law school, she clerked for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  At LAPA her project will explore the role of the corporation on public lands in the United States from both a legal and normative perspective.


Kunal Parker, Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami School of Law

Professor Parker is an American legal and intellectual historian as well as a historian of U.S. immigration and citizenship law. His books include Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600 - 2000 (2015) and Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790 - 1900: Legal Thought Before Modernism (2011). His scholarship has also examined such subjects as the interrelationship between American legal and historical thought and the history and theory of U.S. immigration and citizenship law. His teaching interests include Property Law, Constitutional Law, American Legal History, Race and Law, among other subjects.  Professor Parker received his A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. After law school, he spent two years at a major New York law firm working on corporate and securities matters and providing pro bono representation to political asylum applicants. At LAPA, he will work on his current book project exploring the turn to ideas of process in mid-twentieth century American legal, political, and economic thought.