Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed

Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School
Professor of History
Annette Gordon-Reed

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Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and formerly the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Queen's College, University of Oxford (2014-2015). 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. 

Her most recently published book (with Peter S. Onuf) is “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (Liveright Publishing, 2016). Her next book, A Jefferson Reader on Race, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.

Her honors include the National Humanities Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the National Organization for Women in New York City’s Woman of Power and Influence Award. Gordon-Reed was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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.

Annette Gordon-Reed on Thomas Jefferson

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)

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