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Sheryll D. Cashin

Professor of Law

B.E., Vanderbilt; M.A., Oxford; J.D., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Administrative Law, Civil Rights and Discrimination, Housing Law

Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, teaches Constitutional Law, and Race and American Law among other subjects. She writes about civil rights and race...

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Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, teaches Constitutional Law, and Race and American Law among other subjects. She writes about civil rights and race relations in America. Her new book, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy, will release in June, 2017 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down bans on interracial marriage. In it she explores the history and future of interracial intimacy and its potential impact on American culture and politics. Her book, Place Not Race (Beacon, 2014) was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction in 2015. Her book, The Failures of Integration (PublicAffairs, 2004) was an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Cashin is also a two-time nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction (2005 and 2009). She has published widely in academic journals and written commentaries for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, The Root, and other media.

Professor Cashin is Vice Chair of the board of the National Portrait Gallery, and an active member of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council. She worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy, particularly concerning community development in inner-city neighborhoods. She was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. As a Marshall Scholar, she went on to receive a masters in English Law with honors from Oxford University and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review. Cashin was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, where her parents were political activists. She lives in Washington with her husband and twin boys. 

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy (Boston: Beacon Press 2017).    [BOOK]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America (Boston: Beacon Press 2014).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Place, Not Race: Affirmative Action and the Geography of Educational Opportunity, 47 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 935-965 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Civil Rights for the Twenty-First Century: Lessons from Justice Thurgood Marshall’s Race-Transcending Jurisprudence, 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 973-986 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Place, Not Race: Affirmative Action and the Geography of Educational Opportunity, in 2 Controversies in Affirmative Action 87-112 (James A. Beckman ed., Santa Barbara, Cal.: Praeger 2014).    [BOOK]
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Books

  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy (Boston: Beacon Press 2017).    [BOOK]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America (Boston: Beacon Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, The Agitator's Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African American Family (New York: Public Affairs 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class Are Undermining the American Dream (New York: Public Affairs 2005).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Place, Not Race: Affirmative Action and the Geography of Educational Opportunity, 47 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 935-965 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Civil Rights for the Twenty-First Century: Lessons from Justice Thurgood Marshall’s Race-Transcending Jurisprudence, 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 973-986 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Shall We Overcome? "Post-Racialism" and Inclusion in the 21st Century, 1 Ala. C.R. & C.L.L. Rev. 31-47 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, To Be Muslim or "Muslim-Looking" in America: A Comparative Exploration of Racial and Religious Prejudice in the 21st Century, 2 Duke F. L. & Soc. Change 125-139 (2010).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Keynote Address: Justice Thurgood Marshall: A Race Man's Race-Transcending Jurisprudence, 52 How. L.J. 507-522 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Democracy, Race, and Multiculturalism in the Twenty-First Century: Will the Voting Rights Act Ever be Obsolete?, 22 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71-105 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Shall We Overcome? Transcending Race, Class, and Ideology Through Interest Convergence, 79 St. John's L. Rev. 253-291 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Coalition Politics, 49 St. Louis U. L.J. 1029-1046 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, American Public Schools Fifty Years After Brown: A Separate and Unequal Reality, 47 How. L.J. 341-360 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Drifting Apart: How Wealth and Race Segregation are Reshaping the American Dream, 47 Vill. L. Rev. 595-604 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Civil Rights in the New Decade: The Geography of Opportunity, 31 Cumb. L. Rev. 467-479 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Cathlin Baker, John D. Donahue, Floyd Flake, Eugene W. Harper, Jr., Kerry Korpi & Jerry L. Mashaw, Living with Privatization: At Work and in the Community, 28 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1397-1433 (2001).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Middle-Class Black Suburbs and the State of Integration: A Post-Integrationist Vision for Metropolitan America, 86 Cornell L. Rev. 729-776 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Privatized Communities and the Secession of the Successful: Democracy and Fairness Beyond the Gate, 28 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1675-1692 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Building Community in the Twenty-First Century: A Post-Integrationist Vision for the American Metropolis, 98 Mich. L. Rev. 1704-1724 (2000) (reviewing Gerald Frug, City Making: Building Communities Without Building Walls (1999)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Localism, Self-Interest, and the Tyranny of the Favored Quarter: Addressing the Barriers to New Regionalism, 88 Geo. L.J. 1985-2048 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Public Subsidies and the Role of Suburbanization in Urban Economic Development: A Reply to Timothy Bates, 14 Econ. Dev. Q. 243-249 (2000).    [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Place, Not Race: Affirmative Action and the Geography of Educational Opportunity, in 2 Controversies in Affirmative Action 87-112 (James A. Beckman ed., Santa Barbara, Cal.: Praeger 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Race, Class, and Real Estate, in Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis 59-66 (M. Paloma Pavel ed., Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2009).    [BOOK]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Hadnott v. Amos: Unleashing the Second Reconstruction, in Civil Rights Stories 61-84 (Myriam E. Gilles & Risa L. Goluboff eds., New York: Foundation Press 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Dilemma of Place and Suburbanization of the Black Middle Class, in The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race, Power, and Politics of Place 87-110 (Robert D. Bullard ed., Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield 2007).    [BOOK]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Katrina: The American Dilemma Redux, in After the Storm: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina 29-37 (David Dante Troutt ed., New York: New Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Foreword: Where We Live: Race, Class, and the American Dream, in Keeping the Promise: Preserving and Enhancing Housing Mobility in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Conference 3-6 (Philip Tegeler, Mary Cunningham & Margery Austin Turner eds., Wash., D.C.: Poverty & Race Research Action Council 2005).   

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Housing Scholars as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents, Twp. of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., No. 11-1507 (U.S. Oct. 28, 2013).    [W]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Sheryll D. Cashin, Getting the Politics Right on a National Gautreaux Program, Poverty & Race, Jan./Feb. 2005, at 6.    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Sheryll D. Cashin, The Dilemma of the Black Middle Class, Next Am. City, Nov. 2005, at 31-35.    [WWW]
Recent scholarship

In the News

"Thurgood Marshall's courage and passion celebrated by former law clerks, author," an article by the ABA Journal, August 11, 2017, featuring Professors Susan Bloch and Sheryll Cashin.

"Actually, we still need affirmative action for African Americans in college admissions. Here’s why.," coverage by The Washington Post, August 1, 2017, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Trump’s White Nationalism Torments Us Now, But The ‘Centrality of Whiteness’ Will Fade Away," coverage by The National Memo, July 31, 2017, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Court ruling on interracial marriage still resonates," an editorial in the Reading Eagle, July 13, 2017, quoting from Professor Sheryll Cashin's piece in The New York Times.

"An old symbol of white supremacy hangs around the National Mall," coverage by Think Progress, June 27, 2017, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

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"Thurgood Marshall's courage and passion celebrated by former law clerks, author," an article by the ABA Journal, August 11, 2017, featuring Professors Susan Bloch and Sheryll Cashin.

"Actually, we still need affirmative action for African Americans in college admissions. Here’s why.," coverage by The Washington Post, August 1, 2017, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Trump’s White Nationalism Torments Us Now, But The ‘Centrality of Whiteness’ Will Fade Away," coverage by The National Memo, July 31, 2017, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Court ruling on interracial marriage still resonates," an editorial in the Reading Eagle, July 13, 2017, quoting from Professor Sheryll Cashin's piece in The New York Times.

"An old symbol of white supremacy hangs around the National Mall," coverage by Think Progress, June 27, 2017, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"‘Loving’ and the Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement," coverage by Rewire, June 16, 2017, a review of Professor Sheryll Cashin's new book, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy.

"Podcast: Loving v. Virginia at 50," coverage by Constitution Daily, June 15, 2017, an interview with Professor Sheryll Cashin.

Professor Sheryll Cashin appeared on PBS Newshour on June 15, 2017, to discuss her new book, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy.

"Author looks back at how interracial couples have stood up to white supremacy," coverage by NPR (Nebraska), June 15, 2017, an interview with Professor Sheryll Cashin about her new book, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy.

"50 Years Later, 'Loving' Revisits The Landmark Supreme Court Ruling," an interview with Professor Sheryll  Cashin, on NPR, June 5, 2017.

"When Michelle Wanted Barack to Be a SCOTUS Law Clerk," coverage in Law.com, May 25, 2017, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Events In Silver Spring This Week: Parenting 101 Class, Salsa Dancing, More," coverage by Silver Spring Patch (Md.), February 21, 2017, announcing a Black History month event, featuring a discussion and book signing with Professor Sheryll Cashin, author of "Place not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America."

"An ugly time in America: O.J. Simpson case revisited in FX series," coverage by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 6, 2016, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"What happens to college diversity if you kill affirmative action?," coverage by CNN Money, December 23, 2015, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Why school districts like Michael Brown’s have suffered ‘rapid resegregation’," coverage by PBS NewsHour, August 11, 2015, interview with Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Is it ever OK to use to use the N-word?," The Canadian Press, June 23, 2015, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

The real reason behind Baltimore’s rage,” coverage by the Boston Globe, May 17, 2015, featuring Professor Sheryll D. Cashin.

"Could Baltimore happen here (again)?," Creative Loafing, May 7, 2015, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

Cashin speaks out against race-based affirmative action,” coverage in the Yale Daily News, March 24, 2015, featuring Professor Sheryll D. Cashin.

"What I’d like to see at my son’s school: More white faces," coverage in The Washington Post, February 15, 2015, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Scholar says race-neutral approach needed for affirmative action," coverage in The Pittsburgh Courier, January 19, 2015, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Make affirmative action colorblind? Front Burner," coverage in the Orlando Sentinial, January 16, 2015, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Scholar Says Race-Neutral Approach Needed for Affirmative Action," Black Voice News, January 13, 2015, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Martin Luther King Day events in Middle Tennessee," The Tennessean, January 13, 2015, mentioning Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Where Is America Today on Racial Inequality?," coverage in Politics Cheat Sheet, December 4, 2014, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Achieving College Diversity Without Discriminating By Race," coverage in The Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2014, mentioning Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"TEDx Speakers Share Stories of Self-Discovery," coverage in The Hoya, November 18,  2014, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"The N-Word," a Washington Post Project, November 9, 2014, featuring Professors Sheryll Cashin and Paul Butler. Further coverage is in the Washington Post, November 11, 2014.

"Huntsville native Cashin returns to promote book, ‘Place, Not Race’," coverage in the Madison County Record, November 3, 2014, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Experts Debate Race-Based College Admissions," coverage in The Harvard Crimson, October 31, 2014, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Where Is America Today on Racial Inequality?," Cheat Sheet, October 13, 2014, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"UP CLOSE: What’s next for affirmative action?," coverage in the Yale Daily News, September 22, 2014, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Speaker at UNI discusses affirmative action," coverage on KWWL.com, September 2, 2014, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Law Professor Cashin Makes Case for Building Affirmative Action Anew," coverage in Diverse, July 24, 2014, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Justice for Blacks and Whites," an op-ed by Professor Sheryll Cashin in The New York Times, July 1, 2014.

"What Sotomayor Gets Wrong About Affirmative Action," coverage in The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2014, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"If Affirmative Action Is Doomed, What’s Next?," coverage in The New York Times, June 17, 2014, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin. Coverage in The Economist featured her recent book, Place, Not Race.

"The Source: Is It Time To Change Affirmative Action?," coverage by Texas Public Radio, May 19, 2014, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"60 years after Brown v. Board, school segregation isn’t yet American history," coverage by PBS Newshour, May 16, 2014, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

A review of Professor Sheryll Cashin's book, Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America, is in The Center for American Progress, May 14, 2014.

Professor Sheryll Cashin was a guest on ABC News: This Week With George Stephanopoulos, April 27, 2014, talking about Affirmative Action and her new book, Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America.

"Proponents Of Affirmative Action Losing The Battle?," an interview by NPR, Apr. 23, 2014, with Professor Sheryll Cashin.

"Should Anything Be Done to Integrate Schools?," a segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation, August 28, 2012, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.

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