Kenneth W. Mack is the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also the co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School Program on Law and History. His 2012 book, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard University Press), was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, a National Book Festival Selection, 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. He is also the co-editor of The New Black: What Has Changed – And What Has Not – With Race in America (New Press, 2013), and the forthcoming In Between and Across: Legal History Without Boundaries (Oxford University Press). His work has been published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Journal of American History, Law and History Review and other scholarly journals. In 2016-17, he was a Radcliffe Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. In 2007, he was named a Fletcher Fellow by the Fletcher Foundation. He has served as the co-director of the Workshops on “The History of Capitalism in the Americas” (2015-16) and “The Long Civil Rights Movement” (2008-09) at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.
He has taught at Harvard, Stanford, and Georgetown Universities, and the University of Hawai’i, and has served as Senior Visiting Scholar, Centre for History and Economics at Cambridge University. In 2020, he received the Harvard Law School Student Government Teaching and Advising Award. In 2016, President Obama appointed him to the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. He is also a member of the American Law Institute. 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.
FavoriteKenneth W. Mack, Civil Disobedience, State Action, and Lawmaking Outside the Courts: Robert Bell’s Encounter with American Law, 39 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 347 (2014).
FavoriteKenneth W. Mack, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard Univ. Press 2012).
- Kenneth W. Mack, King: The Life of Martin Luther King by Jonathan Eig review – a story that speaks to our times, Guardian (May 27, 2023).
- Kenneth W. Mack, A journalist who strives to show Black people’s ’full humanity’, Wash. Post, Oct. 30, 2022, at B8.
- Kenneth W. Mack, This pathbreaking Black journalist offers a model in uncertain times, Wash. Post (Oct. 26, 2022) (reviewing Charlayne Hunter-Gault, My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives (2022)).