Kathleen Cleaver

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Sr Lecturer in African American Studies
81 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-6606
J.D. Yale University, 1989

Kathleen Neal Cleaver, J.D. Yale University, 1989, is a Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and a Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Law School. A former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party, Professor Cleaver has been a participant in the human rights struggle for most of her life. She also serves as the co–director of the Human Rights Research Fund, which is part of a network of anti–racist organizations engaged in documenting human rights violations of U.S. citizens who challenge the racist and military policies that injure their communities. Professor Cleaver has served on the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias and been a board member of the Atlanta–based Southern Center for Human Rights. Along with George Katsiaficas, she co–edited Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party (2001), and her essays have appeared in Critical Race Feminism, Critical White Studies, The Promise of Multiculturalism, and The Black Panther Party Reconsidered, in addition to numerous magazines and newspapers. She edited a new collection of writings by Eldridge Cleaver that was published in 2006, Target Zero: A Life in Writing. Among other grants and fellowships, Professor Cleaver is the recipient of the Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library to complete her book, Memories of Love and War. She has taught legal ethics, litigation, torts, a legal history seminar entitled “The American Law of Slavery and Anti–Slavery,” as well as a course on Women in the Black Freedom Movement. Currently, Cleaver also teaches a a graduate seminar in American Legal History on the law of citizenship and race.