Professor Robin L. West Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 22, 2015 —

Professor Robin L. West Professor Robin L. West

Georgetown University Law Center Professor Robin L. West has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.

West is one of 197 new members elected to the Academy this year. Other new members include Tony Award winner Audra McDonald; actor Christopher Plummer; singer-songwriter Judy Collins; Pulitzer Prize winner Holland Cotter; Nike co-founder Philip Knight; Nobel Prize winner Brian Kobilka; astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; novelist Tom Wolfe; and Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, former U.S. secretary of homeland security and former governor of Arizona. 

West came to Georgetown Law from the University of Maryland Law School, where she taught from 1986 to 1991. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Stanford Law Schools. She also taught at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University from 1982 to 1985. West has written extensively on gender issues and feminist legal theory, constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, legal philosophy, and law and literature. 

Established in 1780 by the nation’s founders, the Academy is a leading center for independent policy research. Its current membership of more than 4,600 includes leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts, as well as more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. 

This year’s class will be inducted during a ceremony on October 10, 2015, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Georgetown Law Professor David Luban was elected to the Academy last year. Former Law Center Dean T. Alexander Aleinikoff, who has been serving as United Nations deputy high commissioner for refugees since 2010, was elected in 2013. Professor Louis Michael Seidman was elected in 2011, and Dean Emeritus Robert Pitofsky was elected in 2000. 

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