UCLA School of Law Distinguished Professor Jerry Kang has been nominated to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member board that advises the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and promotes the advancement of culture and scholarship nationwide.
President Biden announced the nomination of Kang and several others to the council on Oct. 29.
Among the country’s most-cited and renowned scholars on issues at the intersection of race and the law, Kang is best known for his work on implicit bias. He is a founding member of the trailblazing Critical Race Studies program at UCLA Law and previously served as UCLA’s founding vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Also the former inaugural Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair for Law and Korean American Studies at UCLA, he has served on the UCLA Law faculty since 1995.
A White House announcement on the nomination highlighted the fact that that Kang “collaborates broadly across disciplines and industries on scholarly, educational, and advocacy projects.”
On the council, he would collaborate with other scholars, journalists, advocates, and cultural leaders to steer a robust independent federal agency that provides grants to cultural institutions and scholars to promote “excellence in the humanities and [convey] the lessons of history to all Americans.”
Kang is a member of the American Law Institute, has chaired the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Defamation and Privacy, has served on the board of directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and has received numerous awards, including Vice President Al Gore’s Hammer Award for Reinventing Government.