Kathleen N. Cleaver

Senior Lecturer in Law

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Areas of Expertise
Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement


Kathleen N. Cleaver returns to Emory as senior lecturer in law, having served as an assistant professor of law in the 1990s. Professor Cleaver has spent most of her life participating in the human rights struggle. She left college in 1966 to work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). From 1967-1971, she was the communications secretary of the Black Panther Party. She lived in exile with her former husband, Eldridge Cleaver, before returning to the United States in 1975.

While at Emory, Professor Cleaver served on the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts and was a board member of the Southern Center for Human Rights. She was a visiting faculty member at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the Graduate School of Yale University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she served as the Joanne Woodward Professor of Public Policy in 1999. She also was a senior research associate at Yale Law School. She has won fellowships at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, the W.E.B. DuBois Institute of Harvard University, the Center for Historical Analysis at Rutgers and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Professor Cleaver also was a fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library, where she continued work on her memoirs, Memories of Love and War. Her writing has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and she has contributed scholarly essays to several books, including Critical Race Feminism, Critical White Studies, The Promise of Multiculturalism and The Black Panther Party Reconsidered.

Professor Cleaver continues her research and writing while in residence at Emory, and she will teach a class on slavery and the anti-slavery movement.

Education: BA, Yale University; JD, Yale Law School.

Mobilizing for Mumia Abu-Jamal in Paris
10 Yale J.L. & Human. 327 (1998) 1998


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