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Senior Leadership Insights: A Conversation with Tomiko Brown-Nagin, J.D., Ph.D., Dean of Harvard Radcliffe Institute

Tomiko Nagin-Brown
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Senior Leadership Insights

As Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, J.D., A.M. '93, Ph.D. '02 (History) leads an interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, students, practitioners and artists committed to pursuing curiosity-driven research, expanding human understanding, and grappling with questions that demand insight from across disciplines. The Institute's work is shaped by its history as the former Radcliffe College-a school founded to ensure that the standard of education embodied in Harvard was accessible to women, who were then excluded from the university. Among the many distinguished schools of Harvard, Harvard Radcliffe Institute is unique: interdisciplinary by design and animated by a legacy of promoting inclusion.

In this leadership role, Dean Brown-Nagin draws on her experience as an award-winning legal historian and an expert in constitutional law and education law and policy. Currently Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and Professor of History at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dean Brown-Nagin was appointed chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery in 2019. A frequent lecturer and media commentator about issues in law, history and higher education, Brown-Nagin has published articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including the Supreme Court's equal protection jurisprudence, civil rights law and history, the Affordable Care Act, and education reform. She earned a law degree from Yale University, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal; a master's and Ph.D. in History from Duke University; and a B.A. in History, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Furman University.

Dean Brown-Nagin will be joined in conversation by Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History and Associate Chair of the Department of History, where she teaches courses on the Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives, Modern America, and History in Fact and Fiction.

A Zoom link will be shared with confirmed registrants. The Senior Leadership Insights series is sponsored by The Graduate School and this event is offered in collaboration with the Department of History. The conversation is open to Duke faculty, graduate students, postdocs, alumni, and staff. Questions? Contact Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development, at

Contact: Melissa Bostrom