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Annette Gordon-Reed is Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the History Department, and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. A renowned law professor and scholar of American history, Gordon-Reed has taught at the New York Law School and at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has published six books, among them The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008), which won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for nonfiction. 

Gordon-Reed is also the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997), which examines the scholarly writing on the relationships between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. This book was a nonfiction finalist in the First Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Two more books, Jefferson: A Reader on Race and Andrew Johnson, are forthcoming.

Gordon-Reed’s many honors are the National Humanities Medal for 2009, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities (2009), a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library (2010–2011), a MacArthur Fellowship (2010) and the National Organization for Women in New York City’s Woman of Power and Influence Award (1999). She holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB from Dartmouth College. Prior to becoming an academic, she was counsel to the New York City Board of Correction and was an associate at Cahill, Gordon, and Reindel.

Annette Gordon-Reed in the Harvard Gazette.

Selected Publications:

  • Andrew Johnson (New York: Times Books, 2011)
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (New York: W. W. Norton & Compnay, 2008)
  • Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1998)
Annette Gordon-Reed

Position: Professor of Law and History, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Field: American Legal History, Politics and law in the Early American Republic (1776-1828), American Slavery (1619-1865), Jefferson and Slavery at Monticello

Specialty: United States

Fall 2011:
- History 74u The American Republic: From Revolution to the "Age of Jackson"

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Harvard Law School
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agordonreed@law.harvard.edu
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