Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law

Professor of History, Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Co-Director, Program in Law and History


Tomiko Brown-Nagin is an awarding-winning historian and expert in constitutional law and education law and policy. Her 2011 book, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford), won the Bancroft Prize in US History, the highest honor awarded annually to a work in the field of history. Courage to Dissent also received several other prizes, including the Organization of American Historians' Liberty Legacy Book Award, the American Society for Legal History's John Phillip Reid Award, the Southern Historical Association's Charles S. Sydnor Award, the Lillian Smith Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Brown-Nagin held joint appointments in law and history at the University of Virginia and at Washington University. Before entering academia, Brown-Nagin clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter of the U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and for the Honorable Jane Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. Brown-Nagin earned a doctorate in history from Duke, a law degree from Yale, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and earned a B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Furman University. Brown-Nagin currently is at work on two major projects, an article about law and inequality fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a biography of the Honorable Constance Baker Motley. 

Areas of Interest

Griswold 304


Assistant: Wendy Moore / 617-496-2865

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