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Jennifer Mnookin 

Nonprofits and Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison | Madison

In the spring, Jennifer Mnookin was named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the successor to retiring chancellor Rebecca Blank. At the beginning of the academic year, she became the 30th leader of the state’s flagship public university – an institution that includes 48,000 students, 24,200 employees and a $3.6 billion budget.  

Mnookin was previously dean of the School of Law and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. Under her leadership, the law school set fundraising records and established endowments for student scholarships. A national expert on law, forensic science and evidence, Mnookin is also the founder and former faculty co-director of the Program on Undergraduate Law, Science and Evidence at UCLA. Earlier, Mnookin was vice dean for external appointments and intellectual life and vice dean for faculty and research at the university.  

Mnookin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020. She also serves on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She previously served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law.  

Education: Bachelor’s, Harvard University; J.D., Yale Law School; doctorate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

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