Alan Jenkins

Professor of Practice

Griswold 550

617-998-1741

Assistant: Caroline Fitzgerald / 617-384-0306

Biography

Alan Jenkins is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on Race and the Law, Communication, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence. Before joining the Law School faculty, he was President and Co-Founder of The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab.

Jenkins’s prior positions have included Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States government in constitutional and other litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court; Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, where he managed grantmaking in the United States and eleven overseas regions; and Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he defended the rights of low-income communities facing exploitation and discrimination. He previously served as a Law Clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and to U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Carter.

Jenkins is a frequent commentator in broadcast, print, and digital media on topics ranging from Supreme Court decisionmaking to racial equity to the role of popular culture in social change. His past Board service includes New York Public Radio, the Center for Community Change, the Legal Action Center, and Futuro Media Group, as well as the Board of Governors of the New School for Public Engagement. He has also served on the Selection Committee for the Sundance Documentary Fund.

Jenkins holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School for Public Engagement, and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard College.

Areas of Interest

Alan Jenkins, It’s Time for a ‘Bigotry Pass’ on Scripts, Holywood Rep., June 10, 2020.
Categories:
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Race & Ethnicity
Type: News
Abstract
THE REPORT Years ago, I sold a script to Fox Animation that included a character wrongly accused of a traffic violation (believe me, it was more entertaining than it sounds). Turning a critical eye to stereotypical storylines and character types that are harmful (and, by the way, lazy writing) should be a standard practice for an industry that has so loudly declared its support for Black lives - yet so often denigrates them in its storytelling. But for an industry with a long history of promoting harmful racial stereotypes; advancing a narrative of Black and brown people as dangerous threats; and endorsing the idea that police violence, and even torture, are normal and acceptable, change is long overdue.
Alan Jenkins, The Lasting Legacy of a Brutal Racial Beating in 1946 South Carolina, Wash. Post, Jan. 31, 2019.
Categories:
Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Criminal Law & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
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Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
Type: News
Abstract
Richard Gergel recounts the blinding of soldier Isaac Woodard and its civil rights impact
Alan Jenkins, The Global Significance of 'Black Panther', Hollywood Rep. (Feb. 23, 2018, 10:03 AM).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Race & Ethnicity
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Arts & Entertainment Law
Type: Other
Alan Jenkins, Juhu Thukral, Kevin Hsu, Nerissa Kunakemakorn & Megan Haberle, Promoting Opportunity through Impact Statements: A Tool for Policymakers to Assess Equity, 6 Advance, Fall 2012, at 61.
Categories:
Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Government & Politics
Sub-Categories:
Discrimination
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Race & Ethnicity
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Administrative Law & Agencies
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Government Accountability
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Government Transparency
Type: Article
Alan Jenkins & Sabrineh Ardalan, Positive Health: The Human Right to Health Care Under the New York State Constitution, 35 Fordham Urban L.J. 479 (2008).
Categories:
Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Health Care
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Government & Politics
Sub-Categories:
Immigration Law
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Race & Ethnicity
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State & Local Government
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Health Law & Policy
Type: Article
Abstract
This article argues that the New York State Constitution creates a legal right to equal access to quality health care for all New Yorkers, drawing on both the historical context and the legislative history of the State Constitution to support this interpretation. Next, the article outlines the dimensions of the right to health care required under the text and history of the State Constitution, as informed by parallel provisions of international and federal law, as well as social science research. The article then provides an overview of additional laws that guarantee equal access to quality health care, focusing on racial, linguistic, socioeconomic, and geographic equity. The article concludes that New York State has failed to live up to its obligations to protect and promote New Yorkers’ health and suggests a series of remedies that can help ensure that the State fulfills its obligations.

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Education History

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Griswold 550

617-998-1741

Assistant: Caroline Fitzgerald / 617-384-0306