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304. Jurisprudence and Political Science[X]
1Name:  Dr. Randall Kennedy
 Institution:  Harvard Law School
 Year Elected:  1998
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  304. Jurisprudence and Political Science
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1954
Randall Kennedy is a creative thinker whose work reaches beyond the usual boundaries of legal scholarship into the social sciences and the analysis of contemporary American society. In the noisy thicket of the Harvard Law School these last years, he remains balanced, constructive, and civil, detached from the ideologies of the far left and right. On issues of race and of the relationship between the states and the federal government in this country, his is an analytical and increasingly influential voice. His legal and historical studies in the Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal are supplemented by his book, Race, Crime and the Law, in which he discusses highly complex issues of the greatest importance to our country in a manner that the New York Times characterized as "all encompassing in its transracial humanity." Dr. Kennedy is also the author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002); Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity and Adoption (2003); Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (2008); The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (2011); and For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013). He has served on the Harvard Law School faculty since 1984 and has been Michael R. Klein Professor of Law since 2005.
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