Professor Annette Gordon-Reed

Harvard Law School

Annette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning historian and member of the Dartmouth College (her undergraduate alma mater) Board of Trustees, is a professor of law at Harvard Law School, professor of history at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Author of four books, Gordon-Reed’s most recent book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family won 16 book awards, including the National Book Award for nonfiction and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in history. In 2009, she was also awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities and a fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

Annette Gordon-Reed graduated with high distinction from Dartmouth College in 1981 as a history major and went on to Harvard Law School where she served as an editor at the Harvard Law Review. Upon earning her J.D., she spent her early career as an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York. From 1987 to 1992, she was counsel to the New York City Board of Corrections where she helped formulate policies, grievance procedures and legislation concerning inmates. She was a professor at New York Law School for eighteen years before joining the Harvard faculty in 2010. Currently, she speaks at numerous conferences nationwide on the topics of history and law.