Law, Culture, & Legacies of Slavery: A Constitution Day Lecture

Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University

Speaker Bio:

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Professor of History, and Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History Law at Harvard University. A renowned and prestigious historian and legal scholar, she has taught at New York Law School as the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey where she was Board of Governors Professor of History. Her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008) won numerous awards including the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for history. Gordon-Reed is the author of numerous other books and articles including Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History (2002), Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997), which was a nonfiction finalist for the First Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards, and most recently a biography of president Andrew Johnson (2011).

She has received numerous honors and prestigious fellowships including the National Humanities Medal in 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).

Professor Gordon-Reed received 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, the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family discusses her research in a lecture delivered at Boston College on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM in Higgins Hall, Room 300, to mark the occasion of Constitution Day.