Sheryll Cashin is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at the Georgetown University Law Center. Currently she teaches Administrative Law, Race and American Law, and a writing seminar she recently designed about American segregation, education and opportunity. She has also taught Constitutional Law, Local Government Law, Property, and a seminar on urban development.
She writes about civil rights and race relations in America. Her most recent book, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White (Beacon, 2017), explores the history and future of interracial intimacy, how white supremacy was constructed and how “culturally dexterous” allies undermine it. Her book, Place Not Race (Beacon, 2014), recommended radical reforms of selective college admissions in order to promote robust diversity;it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction in 2015. Her book, The Failures of Integration (PublicAffairs, 2004) explored the persistence and consequences of race and class segregation. It 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 serves as Vice Chair of the board of the National Portrait Gallery and as board member of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council. She is former Vice Chair of the board of Building One America, a network of local, multiracial coalitions that promote social inclusion, racial justice and sustainable economic opportunity, especially in distressed places. She served for a decade on the trustee boards of Vanderbilt University and The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy, particularly concerning community development in inner-city neighborhoods.
Cashin is frequently asked to speak to academic and policy audiences as well as at book events for people who engage with her as an author. She has delivered keynote or endowed lectures at twenty universities. For her two decades of writing and advocacy for residential and school integration, the Fair Housing Justice Center honored her with the 2017 Acting for Justice Award for Outstanding Contributions to Civil Rights.
Professor Cashin 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 received a masters in English Law with honors from Oxford University and received 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.
Book Chapters and Collected Works
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Killing Affirmative Action Won’t Fix Harvard’s Prejudiced Admissions," coverage by Slate, August 16, 2018, quoting Professor Sheryll Cashin.
"Why Georgetown Law Alum Taylor Weaver Is Planting An Urban Energy Garden And Helping Others Pursue Their Passion Projects," interviewing alumnus Taylor Weaver, L'17 by Above the Law, August 3, 2018, mentioning Professors Sheryll Cashin and Anthony Cook.
"Why We Live Where We Live", coverage on 1A: NPR, May 3, 2018, radio apperance featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.
"For Decades, HUD Actively Engaged In Discrimination, Author Says," coverage on NPR, April 22, 2018, featuring Professor Sheryll Cashin.