Willa Sachs is a PhD student in Sociology and Junior Fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Kenyon College in 2016. Prior to attending Yale, she worked at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, coordinating the production of the socio-legal journal Law & Social Inquiry. Her research more broadly centers on how cultural conceptions of law shape social movement activists’ discursive practices, objectives, identities, and understandings of justice.
She is currently working on two research projects: the first considers the role of American constitutional thought in the ideological agenda and framing strategies of the Black Panther Party from 1969 to 1971. The second examines the role of social movements as a mediating force between public opinion and presidential politics through the lens of civil sphere theory, using the U.S. women’s movement as a case study.