Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer, advocate, professor, and scholar best known for her acclaimed work The New Jim Crow (2010).
Born in 1967, she graduated from Vanderbilt University and Stanford Law School. After law school, she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Before practicing law and turning to writing, Alexander was the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU in Northern...