Jamaican-Born Educator Named Dean at Indiana University School of Law

Dr. Karen Bravo, who was born in Jamaica, has been appointed to be the dean of Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the first person of color to serve in this role. Dr. Black was appointed on February 27, 2020, following a nation-wide search that began in the previous year. She will move into her new position on July 1, 2020, becoming the 13th Dean of the school since 1944 when the school was first affiliated with Indiana University. In addition to being the first person of color to serve as Dean, Bravo will be only the second woman to head the law school in its history.

Dr. Bravo joined the McKinney School faculty in 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Law. Since that time, she has also been Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and Associate Dean for Graduate Students and International Affairs.

Michael A. McRobbie, the president of Indiana University, expressed his excitement about Dr. Bravo’s appointment, as well as his confidence that she will provide the vision, energy, and experience that will benefit the law school. He also noted the fact that Dr. Bravo is an internationally recognized legal scholar whose work focuses on the ‘structured causes of vulnerability” to exploitation that underrepresented communities have, along with ways to ensure that these communities are heard.