Susan Sturm

Founding Director

Susan Sturm is the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and the founding director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School.  Her areas of teaching and research include institutional change, structural inequality in employment and higher education, diversity and innovation, employment discrimination, public law remedies, conflict resolution, and civil procedure. She has published numerous articles, case studies books on “the architecture of inclusion,” institutional change, transformative leadership, workplace equality, legal education, and inclusion and diversity in higher education.  She collaborates with a wide variety of organizations and networks involved in initiatives aimed at increasing full participation, including Syracuse University, Imagining America, Rutgers Future Scholars, LADO (Liberal Arts Diversity Officers), University of Michigan, the American Commonwealth Project, the Reentry Education Network, the Criminal Justice Consortium at Columbia University, the Kirwan Institute, and Harvard Business School.

Her recent publications include:  Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Public Engagement in Higher Education (2011)(with Tim Eatman, John Saltmarsh, and Adam Bush, available here), Building Pathways of Possibility from Criminal Justice to College (2010), Scaling Up (2010); Negotiating Workplace Equality (2008); Conflict Resolution and Systemic Change (with Howard Gadlin, 2007); The Architecture of Inclusion: Advancing Workplace Equity in Higher Education (2006); Law’s Role in Addressing Complex Discrimination (2005); Equality and the Forms of Justice (2004); Lawyers and the Practice of Workplace Equity (2002); Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach, (2001); and Who’s Qualified?  (with Lani Guinier)(2001).  “The Architecture of Inclusion” was the focus of a symposium issue published in the June 2007 issue of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.  In 2007, she received the Presidential Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia. Her research on strategies for facilitating constructive multi-racial interaction in police training is featured on the Racetalks website (

Professor Sturm was one of the architects of the 2008 national conference on The Future of Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education. She is currently co-chairing a working group on Transformative Leadership, as part of a Ford Foundation-funded project on Building Knowledge for Social Justice.  Susan is also currently the principal investigator on a Ford Foundation grant awarded to develop the architecture of inclusion in higher education.