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Professor T. Alexander Aleinikoff Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 24, 2013 —

Professor T. Alexander Aleinikoff Professor T. Alexander Aleinikoff

Georgetown University Law Center Professor T. Alexander Aleinikoff has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.

Aleinikoff, who has been serving as United Nations deputy high commissioner for refugees since 2010, is one of 198 new members elected to the Academy this year. Other new members include actors Robert DeNiro and Sally Field, astronaut and former Senator John Glenn, Senator Richard Lugar, Nobel Prize winners Bruce A. Beutler and David J. Wineland, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and singer-songwriters Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen.

Established in 1780 by our nation’s founders, the Academy is a leading center for independent policy research. Its current membership of over 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 12 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Georgetown Law Professor Louis Michael Seidman was elected to the Academy in 2011.

Aleinikoff, who served as executive vice president for Law Center affairs and dean of the Law Center from 2004-2010, joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1997 after serving as general counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Immigration and Naturalization Service and executive associate commissioner of programs for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He was also a faculty member at the University of Michigan Law School.

After receiving his law degree, Aleinikoff clerked for U.S. District Judge Edward Weinfeld and served as attorney adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. He has published numerous articles in the areas of immigration refugee and citizenship law and policy, constitutional law, statutory interpretation and race discrimination, and is the author of several books. 

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