Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, a position she assumed in January 2009 following a 40-year career at The New York Times. From 1978 until 2008, she was the newspaper’s Supreme Court correspondent; she currently writes a biweekly column on law for the Times Web site. At Yale, she teaches courses related to the work of the Supreme Court and is a fellow of the Law School’s Information Society Project.
Ms. Greenhouse received several major journalism awards while covering the Supreme Court, 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.” In 2008, she received the annual award for constitutional commentary from the non-partisan Constitution Project.
Her books include a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, “Becoming Justice Blackmun” (2005), “Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling” (with Reva B. Siegel, 2010, second ed. 2012), and a new book, “The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction,” published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.
Ms. Greenhouse is one of two non-lawyer honorary members of the American Law Institute, which in 2002 awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal. She serves on the governing council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a vice president of the American Philosophical Society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in the humanities and jurisprudence. In 2009, she was elected to the Harvard University Board of Overseers.
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.