An award-winning historian, a noted scholar in European Union law, and an expert in international trade and intellectual property are three of the latest professors to join the HLS faculty. Annette Gordon-Reed ’84, Grainne de Burca and Mark Wu begin their HLS tenures on July 1.
Annette Gordon-Reed ’84
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
Award-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 will join the Harvard faculty as a professor of law and a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She will also be the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Gordon-Reed, a recipient of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in History, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Humanities and a National Humanities Medal, comes to Harvard from New York Law School, where she was the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law, and Rutgers University-Newark, where she was the Board of Governors Professor of History. She is the author of “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy,” and “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in History and the National Book Award for nonfiction, among other honors.
“I celebrate the fact that Annette Gordon-Reed has accepted our invitation to join the Harvard Law School faculty,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “Her extraordinary scholarship combines intensive archival research, brilliant lawyerly analysis, and tremendous historical imagination as well as a gift for writing riveting prose. Long proud of our own graduate, we here at the law school are delighted she will join our faculty and also participate in the life of the university through affiliations with Radcliffe and the history department. Colleagues, students, and aspiring scholars rejoice over the chance to work with her as she deepens historical understanding of law, slavery and the human experience.”
In addition to her extensive writing on slavery and Thomas Jefferson, Gordon-Reed is also the co-author of “Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir,” and editor of “Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History” (2002).
Prior to becoming an academic, she was counsel to the New York City Board of Correction from 1987 to 1992 and an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. In addition to her J.D., she holds an A.B. in history from Dartmouth College.
Intellectual property expert
International trade and intellectual property law expert Mark Wu will join the faculty in July. His academic interests include international trade, international law, intellectual property law and Chinese law.
“In the rapidly evolving field of international trade law and globalization, Mark Wu stands out because of his superb expertise, creativity, and extraordinary knowledge of Japan, China and India,” said HLS Dean Martha Minow. “I am delighted that he will now bring that expertise and his experience at the highest levels of government to Harvard Law School. His special knowledge of intellectual property and protection in the borderless world of the digital space will significantly advance the exciting work by faculty and students here. For our teaching program and scholarship in trade, globalization, and intellectual property, we could not find a more terrific colleague, and we are simply delighted that he has decided to join us.”
Wu, currently an academic fellow at Columbia Law School, is co-author of “The Law of the World Trade Organization.” He researches the impact of anti-dumping measures in Asia on global trade.
A 2007 graduate of Yale Law School, Wu served as a researcher and project coordinator at Yale’s China Law Center, and was a clerk for Judge Pierre Leval ’63 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
Previously, he served as director for intellectual property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative at the White House from 2003 to 2004, leading the U.S. negotiating team for intellectual property in several free trade agreements, including the Central America Free Trade Agreement, and agreements with Morocco and Bahrain. He worked at McKinsey & Company and, from 1998 to 1999, was an economist and operations officer for the World Bank in Beijing, where he advised the government of China. He was also an economist for the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia.
Wu graduated with an A.B. in social studies and East Asian studies from Harvard College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a John Harvard Scholar. He holds a diploma in Japanese studies from Kyoto University, as a Monbusho Scholar, and an M.Sc. in development economics from Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar.
Grainne de Burca
European Union law scholar
A leading expert in European Union law, European human rights law, and European and transnational governance, Grainne de Burca will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a tenured professor.
“Grainne de Burca is firmly established as one of the world’s foremost scholars of European law, comparative law and governance, and she is also a superb teacher,” said HLS Dean Martha Minow. “In a global legal framework in which nations must increasingly devise collective and cooperative rules in addition to their own national rules, her invaluable expertise is in great demand, especially by law students and other legal scholars. We are fortunate and excited that she has chosen to bring that expertise here to Harvard Law School.”
Since 2006, de Burca has been a member of the faculty at Fordham University School of Law. Prior to that, she was professor of law at the European University Institute in Florence and co-director of its Academy of European Law (1998-2006). She was also the deputy director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law (1996-1998) at Oxford University, a lecturer in law (1990-1998) and a fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. She was a visiting professor at HLS during the 2008 fall term and has held visiting appointments at Columbia Law School and at NYU as part of its global law school.
The eight books de Burca has written or edited include “EU Law: Text, Cases and Materials,” “Law and New Governance in the EU and the US” and “The Evolution of EU Law.” She is also the author of more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters and is co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series “Oxford Studies in European Law.” She is a member of the board of editors and review editor for the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and a member of the board of editors of the European Law Journal.
From 2003 to 2007, de Burca was a member of the executive committee of the European Union Studies Association. In 2000, she was a member of the working group of the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute, which was commissioned by the European Commission to write a report on the “Reorganisation of the European Treaties.” This report served as a feasibility study for what became the EU Constitutional Treaty and its successor, the Lisbon Treaty.
She earned a B.C.L. from the University College Dublin, an LL.M. from the University of Michigan and a barrister-at-law at King’s Inn.