Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse

Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School
Distinguished Fellow, Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, University of Virginia School of Law

Linda Greenhouse is senior research scholar in law at Yale Law School and a distinguished fellow at the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly op-ed column on law as a contributing columnist. Greenhouse received several major journalism awards during her 40-year career at the Times, including the Pulitzer Prize (1998) and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (2004). In 2002, the American Political Science Association gave her its Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”

Her books include “Becoming Justice Blackmun,” “Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling” (with Reva B. Siegel), “The U.S. Supreme Court, a Very Short Introduction,” and “The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right,” with Michael J. Graetz. Her latest book is “Just a Journalist: Reflections on the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between,” published by Harvard University Press in 2017.

In her extracurricular life, Greenhouse is president of the American Philosophical Society, the country's oldest learned society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in jurisprudence and the humanities. She also serves on the council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the national Senate of Phi Beta Kappa, and is one of two non-lawyer honorary members elected to the American Law Institute, which in 2002 awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal. 

She has been awarded 13 honorary degrees. She is a 1968 graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard) and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School (1978), which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship.