Ronald S. Sullivan Jr.

Ronald S. Sullivan Jr.


Professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. joined Harvard’s law faculty in July 2007. He is one of the country’s leading theorists in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, legal ethics, and race theory. Professor Sullivan is the faculty director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute, the nation’s pre-eminent teaching program dedicated to research on the criminal law. He also is a founding fellow of the Jamestown Project, the country’s only major think tank founded and managed by women and people of color. Prior to teaching at Harvard, Professor Sullivan served on the faculty of the Yale Law School, where, after only his first year teaching, he won the law school’s award for outstanding teaching.

In 2009, Professor Sullivan was appointed Master of Winthrop House at Harvard College, one of Harvard’s residential colleges. With this appointment, Professor Sullivan became the first African-American Master in the 400 year history of Harvard University.

Professor Sullivan graduated Morehouse College in 1989 as Salutatorian with a major in Political Science. While at Morehouse, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and served as the Chief Justice of the Morehouse Student Court. After graduating Morehouse College, Professor Sullivan attended the Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Black Law Students Association and as a general editor of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Review.

Professor Sullivan still represents individual clients in local and federal courts all over the United States. His clients range from national political leaders to sports figures to one of the “Jena Six” defendants.

During the recent presidential campaign, Professor Sullivan served as Chair of then-candidate Obama’s Criminal Justice Policy Group, where he supervised a group of legal scholars and lawyers from around the country in advising the campaign on criminal justice issues.

Professor Sullivan has provided legal commentary for CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, and other media outlets on topics ranging from the Impeachment of President Clinton to the election of President Obama. Professor Sullivan has received numerous awards over the years, including: The Lever Award (“for tireless pursuit of justice and civil rights for all”), The Servant of Justice Award, and the Man of Distinction Award.

Professor Sullivan lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife, Stephanie Robinson, and children, Ronald III and Chase Barrington (and canine child, Niche).

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