Elena Kagan Named Professor of Law

Elena Kagan, a former White House senior administrator and expert in administrative law, has been named a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School—a tenured position. Kagan served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School for the past two years.

“The Harvard Law School faculty is the world’s preeminent collection of legal teachers, researchers, and practitioners,” said Dean Robert C. Clark. “In Elena Kagan, our students will have the opportunity to learn from someone whose experience and scholarship are unrivaled in her field of expertise.”

From 1997 to 1999, Kagan served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council; prior to this appointment, she was Associate Counsel to the President for two years. Prior to serving in Washington, Kagan was a tenured faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School.

“I’m thrilled—and also honored—to be joining the Harvard Law community,” said Kagan. “The faculty here is as intellectually stimulating as any I could hope for, and the students are joy to teach.”

Drawing from her White House experience, Kagan recently published an article entitled “Presidential Administration,” which focuses on presidents’ attempts to control the regulatory functions of executive branch agencies. She is currently studying the function of the Executive Office of the President in relation to the administrative agencies.

At Harvard, Kagan teaches administrative law, constitutional law, and civil procedure, along with a seminar on the law surrounding the presidency. “Harvard Law School students are united in their judgment that she is a stellar teacher,” said Clark.

A 1986 graduate of Harvard Law School, Kagan holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a Masters degree from Oxford.