Annette Gordon-Reed is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She also is serving as the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in July 2010, she was the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law at New York Law School and the Board of Governor’s Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark. She is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which among others awards, won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Award for Non-Fiction. Her other works include Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, and Vernon Can Read! A Memoir, written with Vernon Jordan. Gordon-Reed is the editor of Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History. Her next book, Andrew Johnson, will be published in the fall of 2010.
Professor Gordon-Reed received the 2009 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama and the 2010 MacArthur Fellowship, more commonly known as the “genius grant,” given each year to 20 people in various fields of excellence in the sciences, arts, and humanities.