Jeannie Suk Gersen
Jeannie Suk Gersen has been contributing to
The New Yorker since 2014. She is the John H. Watson, Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court and as a prosecutor in Manhattan. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
What if Trigger Warnings Don’t Work?
New psychological research suggests that trigger warnings do not reduce negative reactions to disturbing material—and may even increase them. By Jeannie Suk Gersen September 28, 2021
The Manifold Threats of the Texas Abortion Law
It not only violates abortion precedents but also attempts to shield illegal statutes from the courts. By Jeannie Suk Gersen September 5, 2021
Should the Government Impose a National Vaccination Mandate?
Despite claims to the contrary, there are many routes to legally requiring COVID inoculation. By Jeannie Suk Gersen August 26, 2021
The Supreme Court’s Surprising Term
During a time when the country has been starkly divided on matters ranging from the pandemic to the Presidency, the Court has largely avoided partisanship. By Jeannie Suk Gersen June 27, 2021
The Importance of Teaching Dred Scott
By limiting discussion of the infamous Supreme Court decision, law-school professors risk minimizing the role of racism in American history. By Jeannie Suk Gersen June 8, 2021
The Complicated Case of the Pennsylvania Cheerleader
The Supreme Court considers thorny questions about free speech, bullying, and whether schools can discipline students for their behavior online. By Jeannie Suk Gersen May 6, 2021
The Vital Role of Bystanders in Convicting Derek Chauvin
The former police officer’s trial recalled a bygone mode of justice, in which witnesses decided the defendant’s fate. By Jeannie Suk Gersen April 21, 2021
The Simple Facts of Derek Chauvin’s Trial
In the case of the police officer who killed George Floyd, the defense’s best hope is to instill doubt about what jurors can plainly see. By Jeannie Suk Gersen April 10, 2021
The Politics of Bad Sex
A new book argues that current standards of affirmative consent place too much emphasis on knowing what we want. By Jeannie Suk Gersen March 31, 2021
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