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Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor of law and professor of history at Harvard University and is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard.

Gordon-Reed is the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997), Vernon Can Read: A Memoir with Vernon Jordan (2001), and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008), for which she won 16 awards including the Pulitzer Prize in History, the National Book Award, and the Frederick Douglass Book Prize. She also served as editor of Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History (2002). Her latest book, Andrew Johnson, was published in January. 

Gordon-Reed received the 2009 National Humanities Medal and a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010. She is currently a fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Gordon-Reed was previously the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law at New York Law School and the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to her academic career, she was counsel to the New York City Board of Correction an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York.

Gordon-Reed received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor for the Harvard Law Review, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Video from symposium

Video of honorary degree presentation