Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina. For his education he attended St. Albans School, Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, Mr Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications. His other books are For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013), The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (2011), Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (2008), Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption (2003), and Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002). A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Mr. Kennedy is also a Trustee emeritus of Princeton University.
FavoriteRandall L. Kennedy, Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (Pantheon 2011).
FavoriteRandall L. Kennedy, Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption (Pantheon 2003).
FavoriteRandall L. Kennedy, Race, Crime, and the Law (Pantheon 1997).
- Randall Kennedy, The Truth Is, Many Americans Just Don’t Want Black People to Get Ahead, N.Y. Times (June 7, 2023).
- Randall L. Kennedy, Nonviolence From a Military Angle, 33 Am. Prospect 61 (Dec. 2022) (reviewing Thomas E. Ricks, Waging a Good War (2022)).