Alumni (National Fellow)

Lauren Foley

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


Lauren Foley is an assistant professor of political science at Western Michigan University (Fall 2018). She received her Ph.D. in political science at Johns Hopkins University, and her project was titled “Limiting Legal Impact: Universities, Affirmative Action, and the Politics of Policymaking.” Lauren worked with Rogers Smith, professor of political science, University of Pennsylvania, as her National Fellowship “dream mentor.” Lauren received her B.A. in Religion from Dartmouth College and her J.D. summa cum laude 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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