Dr. Sara Clarke Kaplan was named the executive director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.
As an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Critical Gender Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, she also co-founded the Black Studies Project—which has since expanded to become a $2.5 million multidisciplinary research center.
Outside of teaching, Kaplan authored a monograph titled, The Black Reproductive: Unfree Labor and Insurgent Motherhood. She is also working to complete another book titled, Sites of Slavery: Black Feminist Geographies of Chatteldom.
“The Antiracist Research and Policy Center is a vital part of American University’s commitment to growth in the areas of racial equity, reciprocal community relationships and research for social change,” said Kaplan. “The center’s current leadership has built a new, expansive vision of antiracism, decoloniality and intersectional justice that is both inspiring and incredibly exciting. I’m honored to join this remarkable community of talented and committed scholars and to lead the next stage of this collaboration.”