Andrew Carnegie Fellowship
The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program supports high-caliber scholarship in social sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time to research and writing that applies fresh perspectives to some of the most pressing issues of our time. Each year, only 32 fellowships at most are awarded to exceptional scholars and public intellectuals whose work addresses urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order.
Award RecipientMargaret Burnham, Professor of Law, School of Law
Professor Burnham began her distinguished career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She was appointed by Nelson Mandela to serve on an international human rights commission to investigate alleged violations within the African National Congress. Since joining the faculty in 2002, she has continued to champion civil and human rights, comparative constitutional rights, and international criminal law. Professor Burham is the founder of the School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, where she and her students examine cases of injustice from the civil rights era. She led a team in a landmark lawsuit filed on behalf of the relatives of two black teens killed by Klansmen in 1964, bringing the families long-awaited justice, truth, and reparation.