Scholars in Residence

Fall 2015: Jeannie Suk

Jeannie Suk is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where she has taught criminal law and procedure, family law, and the law of art, fashion, and the performing arts. Before joining the faculty in 2006, she served as a law clerk to Justice David Souter on the United States Supreme Court, and to Judge Harry Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She was educated at Yale (B.A. 1995) and at Oxford (D.Phil 1999) where she was a Marshall Scholar, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. 2002).  Her book, At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution is Transforming Privacy, was awarded the Law and Society Association's Herbert Jacob Prize for the best law and society book of the year. She has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship.


Public Humanites Lecture:

Will Democracy Survive the Sex Bureaucracy?Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 5:30pmConrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

We are living in a new sex bureaucracy. The past several decades have witnessed a sea change in the way sex is legally regulated in the United States. We’ve seen a bureaucratic turn: institutions are mandated by the federal government to use bureaucratic tools to formulate and enforce sex policy within the overlapping rubrics of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual and gender violence. To what end is the federal bureaucracy in the business of sex regulation? What are the rationalities, procedures, and structures of the sex bureaucracy? What effects does the sex bureaucracy have on education, universities, the humanities—and on democracy?

Public Works Seminar:

Law and Literature in the Public SphereFriday, November 13, 2015 @ 12:00pmUniversity Club, Room 313

Professor of Law and scholar of French literature Jeannie Suk will discuss the impact her study of the humanities has had on her career in law, including her work as a law clerk to Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court; as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence.