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Cross-Disciplinary Paradigm: Dorothy Roberts

November 21, 2013
BOLD AMBITIONS recognized the need for even greater cross-disciplinary excellence. Today’s problems can only be analyzed and solved by thinking broadly. To meet this challenge, we have dramatically expanded the opportunities to graduate with a joint degree and inspired more students to study and think across disciplines.




This is my first year at Penn Law School. I taught at Northwestern for 14 years and turned down many invitations from other schools. It took an exceptional opportunity to lure me away.

I came to Penn to be the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the Law School and the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law, Sociology, and Africana Studies.

Even more than the honor of holding those titles, what attracted me most to Penn was the cross-disciplinary engagement that they represent. With the help of the campaign, Mike Fitts is genuinely committed to the providing support it takes to nurture cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship. My work spans law, sociology, bioethics, and social policy and I found the Law School a terrific base to connect faculty and students from many disciplines across campus and even across the globe.

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