Martha Minow

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Martha Minow

Martha Minow is the Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor at Harvard Law School where she has taught since 1981.  An expert in human rights with a focus on members of racial and religious minorities and women, children, and persons with disabilities, her scholarship also has addressed private military contractors, management of mass torts, transitional justice, and law, culture, and social change.  She has published over 150 scholarly articles and her books include In Brown’s  Wake: Legacies of America’s Educational Landmark (2010); Partners, Not Rivals, Privatization and the Public Good (2002); Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence (1998);
Not Only for Myself: Identity Politics sand Law (1997); and Making all the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law (1990).  Her edited and co-edited books include Government by Contract (2009), Just Schools: Pursuing Equality in Societies of Difference (2008),  Imagine Co-Existence: Restoring Humanity After Ethnic Conflict (2003), and she is co-editor of law school casebooks, including Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice and Context; Women and the Law.

Following nomination by President Obama and confirmation by the Senate, she serves as vice-chair of the board of the Legal Services Corporation.

A past member of the boards of the Jewish Women’s Archive, Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel, the Revson Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, and the Iranian Huamn Rights Documentation Center, she serves on the boards of the Covenant Foundation, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and several educational nonprofit organizations.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Minow received her law degree at Yale Law School before serving as a law clerk to Judge David Bazelon and Justice Thurgood Marshall. A member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, her awards include the Sacks-Freund Teaching Award at Harvard Law School; the Holocaust Center Award, the Radcliffe Graduate Society Medal and honorary doctorates Hebrew College, McGill University, University of Toronto, and Wheelock College.