What do Trump’s election denials and flurry of firings add up to?

Donald Trump

Installing partisan loyalists into top defense and National Security Agency posts in a president’s final weeks in office is “completely unprecedented,” said Jack L. Goldsmith, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and co-author of “After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency,” a new book about executive branch reforms.

After a hard election, the real work begins

Joe Biden,Jill Biden,Doug Emhoff,Kamala Harris

In a recent Harvard Gazette roundup, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Phil Torrey and other university scholars, analysts, and affiliates took a look at what the election tells us about the prospects for greater unity and progress, and offered suggestions and predictions about where the new administration will, and should, go.

Hard lessons from a tough election

Election Day at GSD

The Harvard Gazette recently asked scholars and analysts across the University to reflect on lessons learned in a variety of areas from this unprecedented and contentious presidential election.

HLS in Congress 2020


Harvard Law School graduates continue a long tradition of helping guide the nation’s affairs as members of Congress. On Nov. 3, 20 HLS alums faced the voters, either as sitting members of the House and Senate, or as challengers. 

Legal experts shake their heads at GOP election suits

APTOPIX Election 2020 Wisconsin Voting

President Trump has made no secret of his intention to file legal challenges in key states where election results were close. Legal scholars are not convinced there’s a plausible argument that his legal team could make in these new actions that would prove successful in court.

Recalling another strange, historic election


Kenneth Mack, a historian and Harvard Law School professor, weighs in on the unusual history of America’s first woman presidential nominee and its first Black vice presidential pick in 1872, just seven years after the end of the Civil War.