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Prof. Jack Balkin named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, was recently named a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Balkin is an expert on constitutional law, the First Amendment, and cyberspace law. He is the director of the Information Society Project at YLS, as well as the author of The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Life, What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said, and Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology, among other books. He also founded the blog Balkinization.

Balkin was among 196 new fellows and seventeen new foreign honorary members named in the 225th class at the AAAS. Founded in 1780 by leading American citizens, such as Samuel Adams, John Adams, and John Hancock, the AAAS recognizes leaders in scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs. Other nominees this year include Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, artist Jeff Koons, playwright Tony Kushner, and cartoonist Art Spiegelmen. Balkin joins twenty-two current YLS faculty members in the law section of the AAAS.