Kimberle Crenshaw, a law professor who developed critical race theory, allegedly charges up to $100,000 for in-person speaking engagements and $50,000 for virtual appearances. The Daily Mail reports that Crenshaw, who teaches at UCLA and Columbia law schools, earns the fees on top of her teaching salaries at both institutions, which total over $344,000.
In addition to her teaching positions at UCLA and Columbia law schools, Crenshaw also manages the African American Policy Forum and serves as the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies.
It is uncertain how much she earns from the AAPF. However, as the executive director, she may earn a salary similar to or higher than the Director of Communications’ wage of $120,000. Crenshaw uses the AAPF to lead a summer school that teaches critical race theory, despite criticism from parents and some educators. Additionally, Crenshaw hosts her own podcast, Intersectionality Matters!, and has published or edited at least 18 works.
Last year, she participated in weeks-long protests against attempted GOP bans of certain school books. She teaches Critical Race Methods: Practices, Prisms, and Problems at Columbia and Civil Rights at UCLA. She also receives free accommodation at a luxury apartment complex near Columbia.
Other prominent critical race theorists also command high speaker fees, including Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi, who charged $40,000 for a lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and $32,000 for a virtual speech at the University of Virginia.