Professor of History
Co-Director, Law and History Program
On Leave - AY 2016-2017
Tomiko Brown-Nagin is Professor of Law and Professor of History. An expert on constitutional law, social and legal history, education law, and inequality, Brown-Nagin has published widely in these areas. Her 2011 book, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford), received several prizes, including the Bancroft Prize, the Organization of American Historians' Liberty Legacy Book Award, and the Lillian Smith Book Award. A member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History and of the Editorial Board of Law & Social Inquiry, Brown-Nagin also serves as a consultant to educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, she held joint appointments in law and history at the University of Virginia and at Washington University in St. Louis. Before entering academia, Brown-Nagin clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter of the U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and for the Honorable Jane Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. Brown-Nagin earned a doctorate in history from Duke, a law degree from Yale, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Furman University.
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