National Fellow

Lauren Foley

Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellow
Class: 2018
B.A. Dartmouth College (2003)
J.D. Michigan State College of Law (2009)
Fields of Interest:
African American History
Legal History
Social Issues
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Dream Mentor:
Rogers Smith (University of Pennsylvania)

Lauren Foley is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Johns Hopkins University, and her project is titled “Limiting Legal Impact: Universities, Affirmative Action, and the Politics of Policymaking.” She will work with Rogers Smith, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, as her National Fellowship “dream mentor.” She received her B.A. in Religion and English from Dartmouth College and graduated summa cum laude in 2009, with a J.D. from Michigan State College of Law where she was associate editor of the Michigan State Law Review. Lauren was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 2009.

Thesis Description

Limiting Legal Impact: Universities, Affirmative Action, and the Politics of Policymaking

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