B.S.ing with Shelia Foster

A multilingual law professor, Sheila Foster loves disrupting expectations. In this episode of B.S.: Beyond Stereotypes, Sheila chats with Merle Vaughn about how her youthful appearance, race, and gender do not always align with what students or colleagues expect. She explains how she maintains her authenticity by always speaking her truth and staying grounded and connected to the community. She also shares how meditation helps her cut through the bias and shut out the noise.


Sheila Foster
is a Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University. She holds a joint appointment with the Georgetown Law School and the McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to joining Georgetown, she was a University Professor and the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law at Fordham University. She also co-directed the Fordham Urban Law Center and was a founder of the Fordham University Urban Consortium. She served as Associate Dean and then Vice Dean at Fordham Law School from 2008–2014. Prior to joining Fordham, she was a Professor of Law at the Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.

Sheila writes in the areas of environmental law and justice, urban land use law and policy, and state and local government. Her most recent work explores questions of urban law and governance through the lens of the “commons” exemplified by her article “The City as a Commons,” Yale Law and Policy Review (2016) and forthcoming MIT Press Book, The Co-City.

Sheila has been involved on many levels with urban policy. She currently is the chair of the advisory committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors, a member of the Aspen Institute’s Urban Innovation Working Group, an advisory board member of the Marron Institute for Urban Management at NYU, and sits on the New York City Panel on Climate Change. As co-director with Christian Iaione of the Laboratory for the Governance of the Commons (LabGov), she is currently engaged in the “Co-Cities Project,” an applied research project on public policies and local projects from over 100 cities around the world.

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