Harvard Law School Professor Kenneth Mack ’91 is the recipient of a 2007 Fletcher Fellowship for his work exploring civil rights history and race and the law.
"This is probably the greatest honor I could receive at this point in my career," said Mack. "The fellowship will allow me to complete my current book project on American civil rights lawyers in the 20th century, and help me further the Fletcher Foundation’s goal of contributing to our understanding of race relations in the post-Brown v. Board of Education era."
The Fletcher Fellowships were created by Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Fletcher Asset Management, on the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 2004 and are awarded to institutions and individuals working to improve race relations in America.
The fellowship program is administered by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and the selection committee is chaired by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Last year, HLS Professor Randall Kennedy was selected to receive a Fletcher Fellowship.
Mack joined the HLS faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor, and was named a professor of law in 2006. He is the author of several scholarly articles appearing in journals such as the Journal of American History, the Yale Law Journal, and the Cornell Law Review.
He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Drexel University, a J.D. from HLS, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. He will teach courses on critical race theory and legal history next year.