Kenneth W. Mack

Professor of Law, Harvard University

Kenneth W. Mack is a historian and a Professor of Law at Harvard University. He worked as an electrical engineer at Bell Laboratories before turning to law, and history, receiving his J.D. from Harvard, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Princeton. He has written and lectured widely on the history of American politics and race relations, and has served as the co-director of the annual workshop at the Charles Warren Center for American History at Harvard University. He is the author of Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard University Press, 2012), and co-editor of The New Black: What Has Changed – and What Has Not – with Race in America (New Press, 2013). His work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, the Journal of American History, the Law and History Review, and other scholarly outlets. He has also written opinion pieces for the The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Boston Globe, The Root, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and other popular media. During the 2008 Presidential election cycle, he was interviewed by a number of media outlets, including CNN, PBS Frontline, Anderson Cooper 360, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. During the 2009 and 2013 Presidential inaugurations, he offered live television commentary seen around the world on the BBC. In 2007, he was awarded the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship by the Fletcher Foundation. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service by Harrisburg University of Science and. Technology.

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