Rogerson Selected as Nathan Fellow Through Rockefeller Institute

By Lauren Mineau
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Sarah Rogerson

Professor Sarah Rogerson, Director of The Justice Center at Albany Law School, has been selected as one of six 2022-23 Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellows through The Rockefeller Institute of Government.

The prestigious fellowship program is named after former longtime Rockefeller Institute Director Richard P. Nathan. The fellowship seeks to connect cutting-edge policy expertise to public problems and the policy community that tries to address these problems.

Rogerson joins five practitioners and researchers who will partner with Rockefeller Institute researchers to examine timely public policy issues in gun violence, public health, healthcare, local government fiscal management, and environmental justice.

As part of her fellowship, Rogerson will examine best practices in school gun violence prevention, including the effective dissemination of safe firearm storage information, threat assessment and mental health supports, and the efficacy of school resource officers.

In November 2021, Rogerson’s nephew was shot by a classmate at Oxford High School in Michigan. He survived but four of his classmates did not.
Rogerson has since written and spoken about gun safety including pieces in EducationWeek, on a VoiceAmerica podcast, and locally in the Daily Gazette and on WNYT.

“It is an honor to be selected as a member of this impressively talented cohort. I am looking forward to the opportunity to dive into public policy issues that impact all of us,” Rogerson said.

 “We are eager to welcome and support this diverse group of leading scholars as they carry out timely research across key issues facing New York State and the nation,” said Rockefeller Institute Executive Director of Research Laura Schultz. “The Nathan fellowship program continues to be an excellent vehicle for facilitating the flow of research from experts to policymakers and the public and we look forward to advancing the work of this year’s fellows.”

Rogerson also directs the Immigration Law Clinic, in which law students represent immigrants facing criminal charges, including child abuse and neglect, persecution, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Under her supervision, her students also represent wrongfully detained immigrants and regularly participate in legislative advocacy and community outreach initiatives.

She is a New York State Municipal Police Instructor and is a regular panelist on WAMC Public Radio’s “The Roundtable.” In 2020, Rogerson was elected to a three-year term on the Niskayuna Central School District Board of Education and she currently serves as Vice President.

Her scholarship addresses flaws in the administration of immigration law and policy, including intersections with domestic violence and international law.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Rogerson worked as a housing and immigrant rights public interest attorney in Newark, New Jersey and in Dallas, Texas.