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Biography - Martha Minow


Martha Minow, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, teaches Family Law and Civil Procedure.

She is the author of Making all the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law (Cornell University, 1990), Not Only for Myself: Identity, Politics and Law (The New Press, 1997), and. most recently, Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence (Beacon, 1998). She has edited the book Family Matters: Readings on Family Lives and the Law(The New Press, 1993) and co-edited with Gary Bellow Law Stories (University of Michigan Press, 1996).

Her scholarship includes articles about the treatment of women, children, persons with disabilities, and members of ethnic, racial, or religious minorities. Her main areas of research are war crimes and genocide; law and social change; legal reasoning; family law.

Recent law review articles have included "Learning from Experience: The Impact of Research about Family Support Programs on Public Policy," 143 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 221 (1994); "Social Movements for Children," with R. Weissbourd, 122 Daedalus1 (1993); "Stripped Down Like a Runner or Enriched by Experience: Bias and Impartiality of Judges and Jurors," 33 William and Mary Law Review 1201 (1992). She holds a B. A. in History from the University of Michigan,1975, an Ed. M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education 1976; and a law degree (J. D.) from Yale Law School, 1979. In 1998 she received an honorary Ed. D. from Wheelock College.

She serves on the boards of The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Covenant Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and she is an advisor to Facing History and Ourselves. She has served on the board of several child welfare agencies, the American Bar Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation Task Force on Education in the Early Years. She is co-chair of an interfamily initiative, Children's Studies at Harvard.


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