Edward J. Blum

Edward J. Blum

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, President, Stude, Project on Fair Representation

Edward Blum is the president of Students for Fair Admissions, a membership organization whose mission is to eliminate racial and ethnic classifications and preferences in school admissions. Shortly after SFFA’s inception in 2014, the group challenged in federal court the admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Last year, the group sued the U.S. Department of Education over its failure to provide documents from a DOE investigation into Princeton’s treatment of Asian-American students in the admissions process. In addition to these federal cases, this past June, SFFA sued the University of Texas at Austin in state court arguing that the Texas Constitution and other Texas civil rights statutes forbid UT from using race as an admissions factor.

Mr. Blum also serves as the President of the Project on Fair Representation, a nonprofit legal foundation that has provided counsel in a number of race-related U.S. Supreme Court cases including, Shelby Co. Alabama v. Holder, Fisher v. University of Texas (I and II) and Evenwel v. Abbott.

Since 2005, Blum has been a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he studies legal and policy issues relating to race and ethnicity. He is the author of a book on the Voting Rights Act, numerous essays and law review articles, and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angles Times, Washington Post, and National Review, among others.