Kenneth W. Mack

Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law


Kenneth W. Mack is the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University, and the co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School Program on Law and History.  His research and writing have focused on the legal and constitutional history of American race relations. His 2012 book, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard University Press), was selected as a Top 50 Non-fiction Book of the Year by the Washington Post, was awarded honorable mention for the J. Willard Hurst Award by the Law and Society Association, and was a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Book Award.  His is also the co-editor of The New Black: What Has Changed – And What Has Not – With Race in America (New Press, 2013).  He has written opinion pieces for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, The Root, Baltimore Sun, and other popular media.  In 2007, he was named as an Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow by the Fletcher Foundation.  During the 2008 and 2012 Presidential election cycles, he offered commentary on number of national television and print media outlets. He began his professional career as an electrical engineer at Bell Laboratories before turning to law, and history.  Before joining the faculty at Harvard Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of the firm, Covington & Burling.

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