The Guardian features the historian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's cultural highlights in which he named research associate Dorothy Robert's book, Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World, as the most mind-blowing nonfiction book of 2022.
"On my radar: Ibram X Kendi’s cultural highlights" Killian Fox, The Guardian, January 28, 2023.
"Torn Apart How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families--and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World" by Dorothy Roberts
Penn Law highlights that Dorothy Roberts was interviewed by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, for Episode 2, “Race,” of the 1619 Project docuseries on Hulu, which is based on her chapter in the 1619 Project book.
"Prof. Dorothy Roberts traces the history of race and the regulation of Black women’s bodies in chapter for The 1619 Project" Penn Law, March 24, 2022.
"https://press.hulu.com/shows/the-1619-project/" Hulu, January 26, 2023.
Pushkin reported that Dorothy Roberts discussed in a podcast, the disproportionate impact the Dobbs decision is anticipated to have on Black women.
"Some of My Best Friends Are-The New Jane Crow," Pushkin, Khalil G Muhammad, Ben Austen, January 25, 2023.
Director, Program on Race, Science and Society
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology
Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
Professor of Africana Studies
J.D., Law, Harvard University, 1980
Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School where she also holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair. Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997). She is the author of more than 80 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a co-editor of six books on such topics as constitutional law and women and the law.