Kendrick Backmon studies civil rights law, education policy, and public policy. Prior to his graduate studies in Cambridge, MA, Kendrick wrote a graduate thesis at Cornell University about systemic racial inequality in the K-12 and public higher education settings. Aside from academics, Kendrick served as the founding president of an American Civil Liberties Union college chapter in Columbia, SC. He was also a member of the Obama Foundation's Community Leadership Corps, followed by an internship on Capitol Hill in the United States Senate. As a college senator in South Carolina, Kendrick worked with university stakeholders to promote diversity and inclusion regarding honors education. Much of his scholarship is inspired and informed by his previous roles in politics and activism. Outside of work and school, Kendrick enjoys spending time with family and friends.