Annette Gordon-Reed

Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School

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, in addition to serving as the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Queen's College, University of Oxford during the 2014-2015 academic year. She has published six books, among them The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for nonfiction. The Hemingses of Monticello was honored as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection in 2009. Her most recent book is The Most Blessed of Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination, co-written with Peter S. Onuf.

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. Additionally, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a bachelors of arts degree 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.