Jeannie Suk

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Jeannie Suk Gersen
Born Jeannie Chi Yong Suk
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Yale University (BA)
University of Oxford (DPhil)
Harvard Law School (JD)
Employer Harvard Law School
Known for Scholar of criminal and family law
Spouse(s) Noah R. Feldman (m. 1999; div. 2011)
Jacob E. Gersen

Jeannie Suk Gersen is a professor of law at Harvard Law School.


Suk attended Hunter College High School, graduating in 1991.[1] In 1995, Suk received her B.A. in Literature from Yale University, and a D.Phil at University of Oxford in 1999, where she was a Marshall Scholar.[2] In 2002, she graduated with a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.[3] After law school, she clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2003 Term.[4]

In 2006, Suk became an assistant professor at Harvard Law School, where she is currently the John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, making her the second woman of color to join the faculty (after Lani Guinier).[5] She was awarded tenure in 2010, making her the first Asian American woman to do so.[5]

Suk is married to Jacob E. Gersen, a professor at Harvard Law School, and has two stepchildren.[6] She is divorced from Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, with whom she has a son and a daughter.[2]

Career and writing[edit]

She was named one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a "Top Woman of the Law" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.[7][3]

Her writing focuses on criminal law and family law.[3] In 2016, she co-wrote an article with her husband on modern regulation of sex that argued most practices are counter-productive.[8] She has also published on intellectual property protection for fashion design.[9][3] Suk is a contributing writer for New Yorker magazine.[10]


  • At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution Is Transforming Privacy, Yale University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0300113983.
  • Postcolonial Paradoxes in French Caribbean Writing: Césaire, Glissant, Condé, Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0198160182.

External links[edit]

  • Jeannie Suk (31:54 mins video) YouTube. Last Lecture Series, Harvard Law School.


  1. ^ "Eleven affiliates win Soros Fellowship for New Americans". Harvard Gazette. April 5, 2001. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "WEDDINGS; Noah Feldman and Jeannie Suk". New York Times. August 15, 1999. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Biography of Jeannie Suk Gersen, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law". Harvard Law School. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Scholars in Residence: Fall 2015: Jeannie Suk". University of Wisconsin Center for the Humanities. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Weinberg, Zoe A.Y. (October 27, 2010). "Law School Tenures First Asian-American Woman". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ "A "Natural" Experiment: Consumer Confusion and Food Claims". Boston Globe. January 29, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Top Women of Law". Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. December 17, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ Gerson, Jacob; Suk, Jeannie (2016). The Sex Bureaucracy. 104 California L. Rev. 881. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Muther, Christopher (November 18, 2010). "25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2010 -- Jeannie Suk". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  10. ^ Suk, Jeannie (October 16, 2016). "What 'Divorce' Understands About Marriage". New Yorker. Retrieved June 14, 2017.