University of Pittsburgh


David J. Garrow

Research Professor of History and Law
PhD, Duke University (1981)

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
524 Barco Law Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


U.S. Black Freedom Struggle Since 1945
U.S. Reproductive Rights History
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation



Race & American Law 20th Century
U.S. Black Freedom Struggle


Selected Publications

The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox: A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR's Washington. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002; Chicago paperback 2004. (With Dennis J. Hutchinson).

Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade. New York: Macmillan, 1994; Berkeley: University of California Press updated & expanded paperback, 1998.

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1986; Vintage Books paperback, 1987; Harper Perennial paperback, 2004.

The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.: From "Solo" to Memphis. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1981; Penguin Books paperback, 1983.

Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978; Yale paperback, 1980.


1987 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, for Bearing the Cross.

Seventh Annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, for Bearing the Cross.

1995 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Wesleyan University.

M.A., University of Cambridge, 2009. (The Cambridge M.A. is awarded for service to the collegiate university.)

1989 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for the best published work in southern women's history, for The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It  (1987).

1988 G. Wesley Johnson Award of the National Council on Public History for the year's best journal article, for "FBI Political Harassment and FBI Historiography: Analyzing Informants and Measuring The Effects," The Public Historian 10 (Fall 1988).



A comprehensive pre-presidential biography, covering the years 1979-2004, of a present-day political figure, with likely publication in 2017.