Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship which supported the writing of The New Jim Crow, and that year she accepted a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Ms. Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University. Currently, Alexander is a Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary.