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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Jeannie Suk Gersen, 2001

Professor, Harvard Law School

Jeannie Suk Gersen is an immigrant from South Korea

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

Jeannie Suk Gersen is a Professor of Law at Harvard, where she has taught criminal law, family law, and the law of art, fashion, and performing arts

Jeannie was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to Queens, New York, with her family when she was six years old.

Jeannie received a BA from Yale and a DPhil from Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Her doctoral thesis, Post Colonial Paradoxes in French Caribbean Writing, was published by Oxford University Press. She graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was Chair of the Articles Office on the Harvard Law Review. She served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Justice David H. Souter on the United States Supreme Court.

Jeannie has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Woman of Time Award (Seoul, Korea), the Trailblazer Award from the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, and named a Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly. 

Jeannie's book, At "Home in the Law," won the Law and Society Association's Herbert Jacob Prize for best law and society book of the year. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Slate. She has given congressional testimony on law and innovation in the fashion industry.

Jeannie worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, before joining the faculty at Harvard Law. She became the first tenured Asian American woman at Harvard Law School.

Jeannie has two children and lives in Massachusetts.

  • JD Law | Harvard University 2002
  • DPhil Modern Language | Oxford University 1998
  • BA Literature | Yale University 1995
Work History
  • Harvard Law School, Professor
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