Dr. Gertrud Lenzer

Top Female Professional of the Year 2018

Dr. Gertrud Lenzer has been at the forefront of children’s rights for decades. A professor of Sociology and Children’s Studies at Brooklyn College as well as the Graduate Center of The City University of New York’s Ph.D Program, Dr. Lenzer has made it her mission to not only preserve and protect the rights of children, but to educate others as well. In 1991, Dr. Lenzer was the Founding Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Children field. With her at the helm, Brooklyn College developed a liberal arts Children’s Study program; the first academic institution to do so. Additionally, Dr. Lenzer founded the Children’s Studies Center for Research, Policy, and Public Service, the framework of which was provided by the U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Exceptional work and dedication such as hers does not go unnoticed. Dr. Lenzer was honored for her work in the field in 1997 when she received the Lewis Hine Award in Honor of Outstanding Service on Behalf of Children and Youth of the National Child Labor Committee. Dr. Lenzer has also been honored with fellowships with organizations such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy, and the National Humanities Center. Dr. Lenzer also has the distinction of being the not just the first American scholar but the first woman to deliver the Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture at the London School of Economics. Currently, Dr. Lenzer is serving on the New York State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in addition to her aforementioned academic positions.