Martha Minow is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Dean of Harvard Law School. She is the daughter of former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow. Her stated research interests include inequality, human rights, transitional societies, the relationship between law and social change, and the relationship between religion and pluralism. A graduate of the University of Michigan (1975), where she majored in history, the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1976), and Yale Law School (1979), where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, Minow has also received honorary degrees in education from Wheelock College and in law from the University of Toronto. After graduating law school and before joining the Harvard faculty, Minow clerked for Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. She is married to Joseph Singer, the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
She served on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo and assisted in launching Imagine Coexistence, a program of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She is also director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and serves on committees of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition and the Institute for Global Ethics. She also serves on the board of directors of the Charles H. Revson Foundation. Since 1997 she has been a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.