Biographical Statement

Kenneth W. Mack is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught since the 2000-01 academic year.  In 2008-09 he will be Co-Director of the Annual Workshop, entitled “Race-Making and Law-Making in the Long Civil Rights Movement,” at the Charles Warren Center for American History at Harvard University.  He teaches courses on Property Law, American Legal History, Civil Rights History and the Legal Construction of Racial Identity.  His research currently deals with civil rights and the social construction of race and professional identity in American law.  He is the author of a number of scholarly articles, and is completing a book entitled Representing the Race: Creating the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1920-1955, to be published by Harvard University Press.  Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. studies in history, he was a law clerk for Federal District Judge Robert L. Carter of the Southern District of New York, as well as a trial and appellate litigator at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.  During the first national elections in post-apartheid South Africa, he served as co-area director of election monitoring for the United States and Canada.  Before turning to law, he pursued a career as an Electrical and Computer Engineer where he designed Computer Integrated Circuits at A.T. & T. Bell Laboratories.