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Andrew Lanham

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law


Andrew Lanham
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Andrew Lanham is a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. He is a legal and cultural historian, and his research focuses on the history of civil rights law and social protest movements in the twentieth-century United States. In particular, his writing examines how grassroots social movements have worked to reshape constitutional and statutory rights protections over time and how diverse social movement organizations have collaborated with each other to change the law. His current project is an archival history of the collaborations between civil rights and antiwar protest organizations in the United States, stretching from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century.

Andrew’s academic work has appeared or is forthcoming in the UC Irvine Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Law & Society, and Notes & Queries. He is also a member of the faculty editorial board for the Michigan Journal of Law and Society, and he writes frequently for public audiences at The New Republic, Boston Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others.

Andrew received a B.A. in English literature and philosophy from Haverford College, then earned his M.St. and M.Litt. in English & American Studies from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, and he holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in English literature from Yale University. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at Yale (ABD), and his doctoral dissertation is titled The Necessity of Peace: Black Antiwar Activists and the Long Quest for Equality in the United States, from World War I to the War on Terror.


  • B.A. English Haverford College, 2010
  • M.St. English & American Studies University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, 2012
  • J.D. University of Michigan Law School, 2020
  • M.A. English Yale University, 2017
  • M.Phil. English Yale University, 2017
  • M.Litt. English University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, 2015

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