P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Daphna Renan, 2002

Professor, Harvard Law School

Daphna Renan is an immigrant from Israel

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

DAPHNA RENAN is a professor at Harvard Law School. Previously, she was the Alexander fellow at New York University School of Law.

Daphna was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and immigrated with her parents to Los Angeles, California.

Daphna received her BA in East Asian studies from Yale University, where she graduated summa cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. She completed a master's in international and comparative legal studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London then graduated from Yale Law School in 2004.

Daphna has twice been to China and, in college, received fellowships and a prize for her scholarship in the field. She was an articles editor on the Yale Law Journal.

After completing clerkships with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Harry T. Edwards, Daphna most recently served in the U.S. Department of Justice, as a counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and then as an attorney advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel.

  • JD Law | Yale University 2004
  • BA East Asian Studies | Yale University 2000
Work History
  • Harvard Law School, Professor
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