Randall Kennedy

Prof., Harvard Law School

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. In his most recent book The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (Pantheon 2011), he writes, “Obama’s election changed the perception of what’s possible in America.” Other recent publications of Kennedy’s include Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (Pantheon 2008); Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption (Pantheon 2003) and Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (Pantheon 2002).

A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Professor Kennedy is also a Charter Trustee of Princeton. 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, Professor Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications.