Adam Crenshaw was born and raised in Atlanta, GA but has always had an affinity for nature and outdoor pursuits. While attending college he began moving west in pursuit of work in outdoor education as well as climbing and backpacking adventures.
Crenshaw is Professor of Law and Africana studies at UCLA. As an expert on critical race theory; civil rights; black feminist legal theory; racism and the law as well as intersectionality – how systems of inequality such as gender, race, ethnicity sexual orientation disability class etc “intersect” to create specific dynamics and effects – Crenshaw is widely recognized.
Early Life and Education
Adam Crenshaw grew up in SeaTac, Washington with his father Ben who worked as a ramp serviceman at SeaTac Airport. Adam attended Bow Lake Elementary, Chinook Middle School and Tyee High School during this time period.
After graduating college, he began his professional life by loading trucks for United Parcel Service before entering law school. Once graduated from law school, he worked both privately and publicly – including as a prosecutor – as an attorney.
Crenshaw has long been an advocate of comprehensive immigration reform. He has pushed hard for legislation in Congress which creates a pathway towards citizenship.
Crenshaw has earned praise as an educator for his ability to connect with his students, recently being honored as Teacher of the Month at Baldwin High School.
He has been teaching Science at BHS for four years, becoming a beloved member of staff due to his witty classroom approach and engaging hands-on science classes.
Crenshaw was serving in combat when he lost his right eye, requiring multiple surgeries for it. With further procedures he eventually regained sight in both eyes.
He is an ardent supporter of foreign aid and has worked to reform our programs so they better address global poverty. Additionally, he serves as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA).
Achievement and Honors
Crenshaw is an esteemed civil rights scholar and feminist legal theorist, best known for her development of intersectionality – an approach to looking at how systems of inequality stemming from gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability class discrimination overlap or combine to produce unique dynamics or effects that compound or combine to form unique dynamics or effects.
Recently, she was honored with the Winslow Medal – Yale School of Public Health’s highest award – as well as receiving the AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and Profession from AALS.
Crenshaw also holds the position of Director for IUPUI’s Center of Gender and Race Studies, is often featured as keynote speakers at conferences and seminars related to gender and race studies, and has written books and numerous articles covering these subjects.
Adam is a dedicated family man who thrives on spending time with those he cares for most. Additionally, he strongly advocates for immigration reform to prevent family separation.
He owns and operates his own construction company in Lander, Wyoming which specializes in general contracting work as well as landscape architecture.
He is an enthusiastic outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, climbing and backpacking. In addition to teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine he delights in exploring Wyoming’s vast mountain landscape.
Adam Crenshaw is a former American Navy SEAL officer and politician, currently serving as Texas’ 2nd congressional district Representative since 2019.
Crenshaw was elected to Congress as part of the Republican Party in 2018 on campaign issues related to border security and immigration reform.
Crenshaw defeated Kevin Roberts in a contentious runoff election to succeed Ted Poe, who had announced his retirement. A super PAC funded by Roberts’ brother-in-law attacked Crenshaw over his 2015 criticisms of President Trump.
On the November 3 episode of Saturday Night Live, comedian Pete Davidson made controversial comments about Crenshaw and other candidates’ appearances, sparking controversy; Crenshaw eventually accepted an apology from Davidson and used this incident to advocate veterans’ issues.