Martha Minow

Current Position: Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Brief Bio: Martha Minow, the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, has taught at Harvard since 1981. She writes about human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities. Professor Minow is the author of many books including Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence (1998), which was awarded the American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit, 2000. She served on the Independent International Commission Kosovo and helped to launch Imagine Co-existence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies. She recently completed a 5-year partnership with the federal Department of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology to expand access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities. She directs the Seevak Fund for Facing History at Harvard law School.

Research Interests: Equality and inequality; human rights and transitional societies; law and social change; religion and pluralism; civil rights, privatization of governmental activities; the rule of law

Sample Publications:
  • Minow, Martha with Antonia Chayes, Eds. Imagine Coexistence: Restoring Humanity After Violent Ethnic Conflict. Jossey-Bass, 2003.
  • Minow, Martha. Breaking the Cycles of Hatred: Memory, Law and Repair, introduction, with commentaries, edited by Nancy Rosenblum. Princeton University Press, 2002.
  • Minow, Martha. Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence. Beacon Press, 1998.