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Martha Minow is the Dean of Harvard Law Schoolmarker, where she is also the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law. She is the daughter of former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow. Her stated research interests include inequality, human rights, transitional societies, the relationship between law and social change, and the relationship between religion and pluralism.

Minow is a graduate of the University of Michiganmarker (1975), where she majored in history, the Harvard Graduate School of Educationmarker (1976), and Yale Law School (1979), where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. After graduating law school, Minow clerked for Supreme Courtmarker justice Thurgood Marshall. She was appointed Dean of Harvard Law in mid-2009, after the previous dean, Elena Kagan, was appointed Solicitor General of the United States. She succeeded Howell Jackson, who had been serving as acting dean in the interim.

She served on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo and assisted in launching Imagine Coexistence, a program of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She is also director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and serves on committees of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition and the Institute for Global Ethics. She also serves on the board of directors of the Charles H. Revson Foundation. Since 1997 she has been a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Minow has also received honorary degrees in education from Wheelock Collegemarker and in law from the University of Torontomarker.

She is married to Joseph Singer, the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Selected works

  • Partners, Not Rivals: Privatization and the Public Good (2002)
  • Engaging Cultural Differences (ed. with Richard Shweder and Hazel Markus, 2002)
  • Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence (1998)
  • Not Only For Myself: Identity, Politics, and Law (1997)
  • Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law (1990)
  • “Law Turning Outward”. Telos 73 (Fall 1987). New York: Telos Press.


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