Annette Gordon-Reed is the second appointee to the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute, effective July 2010. She is also a professor of law at Harvard Law School and a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. 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. She has published six books, among them The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008), which won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for nonfiction.
Gordon-Reed is also the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997), which examines the scholarly writing on the relationships between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. This book was a nonfiction finalist in the First Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Two more books, Jefferson: A Reader on Race and Andrew Johnson, are forthcoming.
Gordon-Reed’s many honors are the National Humanities Medal for 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), and the National Organization for Women in New York City’s Woman of Power and Influence Award (1999). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds 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.
See the Harvard Gazette article, "Triple Appointment for Historian."