Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of the The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press), and the same 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. A New York Times bestseller, The New Jim Crow has received rave reviews, and the book and Alexander have been featured in national radio and television media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, C-SPAN, Bill Moyers Journal, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, Tavis Smiley, and Washington Journal, among others. The book won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best nonfiction. Formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, Alexander served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She lives in Ohio.

News and Reviews

More than five years after its initial publication, the underlying ideas in Michelle Alexander’s The

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Two important decisions on Monday, August 12, indicate significant progress in the efforts to reform our criminal justice system: in New York City’s Floy


C-SPAN has selected The New Jim Crow to kick-off their new online book club. You can join the conversation on Twitter with #BTVBookClub and participate in the discussion on March 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Colbert Report

Michelle Alexander on The Colbert Report discussing her book, The New Jim Crow


Books by Michelle Alexander

El color de la justicia
La nueva segregación racial en Estados Unidos

Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander