Lani Guinier

Lani Guinier is Harvard Law School's first black woman tenured professor.

Recent Articles

What We Must Overcome

For years many of us have been calling for a national conversation
about what it means to be a multiracial democracy. We have enumerated
the glaring flaws inherent in our winner-take-all form of voting, which
has produced a steady decline in voter participation,
underrepresentation of women and racial minorities in office, lack of
meaningful competition and choice in most elections, and the general
failure of politics to mobilize, inform, and inspire half the eligible
electorate. Still, nothing changed. Democracy was an asterisk in
political debate and the diagnosis for what ailed it was encompassed in
vague references to "campaign finance reform." But the harm was not just