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Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School

Stephen M. Kellen Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2022

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School. She served previously as the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard University and as the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. From 2014-15, she was the Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Queen’s College, University of Oxford, where in 2021 she was appointed an Honorary Fellow.


Gordon-Reed is the author of six books, including Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997), Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History (2002), and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008), which received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Nonfiction, among a dozen other prizes.


Gordon-Reed was the president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 2018-19 and is currently president of the Ames Foundation. Her honors include fellowships from the Cullman Center and the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, as well as a National Humanities Medal (2010), among others. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Philosophical Society and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

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