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General Information

Name:  Richard Sander  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: in Washington, DC


Illinois Connection

Sander moved to Chicago in 1978 and lived there for twelve years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sander was born in Washington, DC and raised mostly in small towns in northwest Indiana. He moved to Chicago in 1978. In 1978-79, Sander served as a Vista volunteer at The Neighborhood Institute, a community organization on Chicago’s south side. He attended graduate school at Northwestern University from 1983 to 1988, earning degrees in law (J.D., 1988) and economics (M.A. 1985, Ph.D., 1990). During much of this period, Sander served on the board of the Rogers Park Tenants Committee, and worked on the election effort and subsequent transition team of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor. He is now a Professor of Law at UCLA.

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