Many institutions of learning have been enhanced by the generous contributions made by alumni. One such example is the generous donation from Daniel Straus (’81) and his wife Joyce G. Straus. In September of 2009 they established The Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice through their family foundation.
Their mission is to invite Fellows from around the world and to help to enhance high level research and scholarship on topics that relate to law and justice.
As described on their website,
“There is a determination not to be merely an “ivory tower”, but to merge premier academic and intellectual conditions with community integration and a sense of public service. Through the concept of the annual theme, each year The Straus Institute defines areas of research and scholarship of relevance to society and steers a critical mass of the Fellows to work in these areas.”
This year, their theme is about racial, ethnic and economic segregation. Their theme was devised this year in consultation with Professors J.H.H. Weiler, Vicki Been and Ingrid Gould Ellen. Fellows involved in the program for the 2013-2014 year include: Roger Andersson, Leah Platt Boustan, Camille Z. Charles, Charles Clotfelter, Jennifer Hochschild, Jerry Kang, Desmond King, Mary Pattillo, Robert Sampson and Patrick Sharkey.
On their website they continue by explaining, “The Straus Institute creates, cultivates and facilitates a close intellectual community with teaching and research synergies extending throughout different faculties of the University. It prioritizes close relations with the other NYU schools, along with New York City and its residents. The Straus Institute is defined by this international, multicultural, interdisciplinary, and community-minded approach.”