Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed, photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
Annette Gordon-Reed, photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard. She has won sixteen book prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2009 and the National Book Award in 2008 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

In addition to articles and reviews, her other works include Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy; Vernon Can Read! A Memoir, a collaboration with Vernon Jordan; Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, a volume of essays that she edited; Andrew Johnson; and with Peter S. Onuf, “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. Her most recent book is On Juneteenth.

Gordon-Reed was the Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at the University of Oxford (Queens College) 2014-2015. Between 2010 and 2015, she was the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.  She was the 2018-2019 President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. She is the current President of the Ames Foundation.

A selected list of her honors includes a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, the George Washington Book Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Gordon-Reed served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College from 2010 to 2018.  She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and was a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2019, she was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society.


selected bibliography

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed
On Juneteenth (2021)
“The Most Blessed of Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination (2016)
The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008)
Race on Trial by Annette Gordon-Reed
Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, editor (2002)

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online resources

Annette Gordon-Reed’s Harvard Law webpage

Video: Gordon-Reed on her latest book, On Juneteenth