Stephen L. Carter

35th annual Key West Literary Seminar

Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics
January 12–15, 2017

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he has taught for almost thirty years. He is also the author of seven acclaimed works of nonfiction, and three bestselling novels.

He was the second of five children of Lisle and Emily Carter. Born in Washington, D.C., Carter was educated in the public schools of Washington, New York City, and Ithaca, New York.

He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford in 1976, graduating with Honors and Distinction. In 1979, he received his law degree from Yale, where he was a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Spottswood W. Robinson, III, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States.

At Yale, Carter teaches courses on law and religion, intellectual property, contracts, professional responsibility, lying and secrets, and the ethics of warfare. He has published dozens of articles in law reviews, and many op-ed columns in the nation’s leading newspapers.  He appears frequently on radio and television.

Professor Carter is a member of numerous learned societies.  He has received eight honorary degrees.  He and his wife Enola G. Aird have two children, now in their twenties.

Selected Bibliography

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln (2012)
The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002)
God’s Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics (2000)
Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy (1998)
The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion (1993)

Online Resources

Stephen L. Carter’s website
Stephen’s articles at Bloomberg
USA Today Hot Summer Author

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