Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

Professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Chair, Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery

Tomiko Brown-Nagin is Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and Professor of History at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In 2019, Brown-Nagin was appointed chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, which is anchored at the Radcliffe Institute. She formerly served as the Faculty Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and Co-Director of the Law School's Program in Law and History. Brown-Nagin is an award-winning legal historian and an expert in constitutional law and education law and policy. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Law Institute, and the American Philosophical Society, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She has published articles and book chapters on the Supreme Court’s equal protection jurisprudence, civil rights law and history, the Affordable Care Act and education reform in a variety of publications, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review and the Journal of Law & Education.

Brown-Nagin 2011 book, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford), won the Bancroft Prize in U.S. History. She also has published articles and opinion pieces on education reform in the popular press. She is a frequent media commentator on legal issues and educational policy.

Brown-Nagin currently is at work on a book, Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality, about the life and times of the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, the civil rights lawyer, politician, and judge. The book is forthcoming from Pantheon Press in January, 2022.

Brown-Nagin earned a law degree from Yale, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, a doctorate in history from Duke University, and a B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Furman University.