This award honors tenured or tenure-track members of the professoriate who have contributed with distinction to their field of study, providing a platform for sharing the fruits of this scholarship with the university community and the general public. A faculty committee consisting of a representative of the Office of the Provost, a member of the Faculty Senate Agenda Committee, and past KleinLecturers oversees the selection process for this award.
Kara Swanson, Associate Professor of Law
Professor Swanson is an interdisciplinary scholar of intellectual property whose research brings history and science into conversation with legal doctrine and public policy. Her work focuses on new forms of property arising out of science, technology, and medicine, particularly those new kinds of property that relate to the human body and its increasingly commodified bioproducts. Professor Swanson is the author of Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk and Sperm in Modern America, as well as numerous journal and law review articles and book chapters. In 2011, she was recognized with the New Voices in Gender Scholarship award from the American Association of Law Schools.