Martha Minow
#9606 Overall Influence

Martha Minow

American legal scholar


Why is this person notable and influential?

Martha Minow is the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. While at Yale, she served as editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Minow has been hugely influential as a teacher and mentor in law and helped to create Imagine Coexistence, which is a peace initiative led by the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees. She was a beloved mentor of former President Barack Obama, who learned from her during his study at Harvard Law School. She has been a senior fellow of Harvard’s Safra Foundation Center on Ethics and Harvard’s Society of Fellows. She has been a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

She has assisted the Independent International Commission on Kosovo, intended to assist with post-conflict efforts, as well as the United States Department of Education’s efforts to better serve students with disabilities in public schools.

She is the author of Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence, and most recently, When Should Law Forgive?, published in 2019.

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Martha Louise Minow is an American legal scholar and the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University. She served as the Dean of Harvard Law School between 2009 and 2017 and has taught at the Law School since 1981. Minow was one of the candidates mentioned to replace U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens upon his retirement. She has been called "one of the world’s leading human rights scholars" and "one of the world’s leading figures in bringing legal ideas and scholarship to bear on issues of identity, race and equality, including innovative approaches to reconciliation among divided peoples."

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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University of Michigan
University of Michigan

Public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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#161 World Rank #85 USA Rank