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Kathryn Kolbert

Director
School: 
Barnard College, School of the Arts
Office: 
301 Barnard Hall
Email: 
kkolbert@barnard.edu
Phone: 
212-854-1865
Fax: 
646-810-3944
Biography

A public-interest attorney, journalist, and visionary in the not-for-profit world, Kathryn Kolbert brings to Barnard an extraordinary depth of experience in collaborative leadership, educational programming, and civil-rights advocacy. She has been recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” and by The American Lawyer as one of 45 public- interest lawyers “whose vision and commitment are changing lives." In 1992, Kolbert argued the landmark case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey before the U.S. Supreme Court and has been credited with saving Roe v. Wade with what Jeffrey Toobin has called "one of the most audacious litigation strategies in Supreme Court history.”

Before joining Barnard in 2009, Kolbert was the President and CEO of People for the American Way and People for the American Way Foundation, two of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations. During her tenure, People For the American Way's Political Action Committee was cited by the National Journal as the most successful advocacy group of the 2008 election cycle.

For ten years, Kolbert oversaw a program on law and American life at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. She was the executive producer of Justice Talking, an award-winning radio program distributed by NPR, and also directed an educational website called JusticeLearning.org, which received a Webby Award in 2005. Before she became a journalist, Kolbert enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a public interest attorney specializing in women’s reproductive rights. From 1992 to 1997, she directed domestic litigation and public policy programs for the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, where she was a co-founder and vice president. She has also served as the State Coordinating Counsel of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project in New York and as a Staff Attorney with the Women's Law Project and Community Legal Services in Philadelphia.

At Barnard, Kolbert is the Constance Hess Williams Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, an interdisciplinary center devoted to the theory and practice of women's leadership.

Research & Other Works
Article
An Automated Approach to Map Winter Cropped Area of Smallholder Farms across Large Scales Using MODIS Imagery
Article
Estimates of fire emissions from an active deforestation region in the southern Amazon based on satellite data and biogeochemical modelling
Article
Land-use dynamics influence estimates of carbon sequestration potential in tropical second-growth forest
Data from: Fragmentation increases wind disturbance impacts on forest structure and carbon stocks in a Western Amazonian landscape
Article
Is voluntary certification of tropical agricultural commodities achieving sustainability goals for small-scale producers? A review of the evidence
Article
Factors associated with long-term species composition in dry tropical forests of Central India
Article
Effectiveness of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for reducing fires on oil palm concessions in Indonesia from 2012 to 2015
Article
Regional air quality impacts of future fire emissions in Sumatra and Kalimantan
Article
Public health impacts of the severe haze in Equatorial Asia in September-October 2015: demonstration of a new framework for informing fire management strategies to reduce downwind smoke exposure
Article
Fire emissions and regional air quality impacts from fires in oil palm, timber, and logging concessions in Indonesia
Article
Mapping Species Composition of Forests and Tree Plantations in Northeastern Costa Rica with an Integration of Hyperspectral and Multitemporal Landsat Imagery
Article
Anthropogenic Drivers of Ecosystem Change: an Overview
Article
Biophysical and Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Forest Transitions at Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales
Article
High-yield oil palm expansion spares land at the expense of forests in the Peruvian Amazon
Article
Land cover change interacts with drought severity to change fire regimes in Western Amazonia
Article
Sensitivity of crop cover to climate variability: Insights from two Indian agro-ecoregions
Article
Winter crop sensitivity to inter-annual climate variability in central India
Article
Mapping cropping intensity of smallholder farms: A comparison of methods using multiple sensors
Article
El Niño and health risks from landscape fire emissions in southeast Asia
Article
North Tropical Atlantic influence on western Amazon fire season variability
 

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