About the Author

The Author


Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he has taught for almost thirty years.  He is also the author of seven acclaimed works of nonfiction, and three bestselling novels.

He was the second of five children of Lisle and Emily Carter.  Born in Washington, D.C., Carter was educated in the public schools of Washington, New York City, and Ithaca, New York.

He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford in 1976, graduating with Honors and Distinction.  In 1979, he received his law degree from Yale, where he was a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Spottswood W. Robinson, III, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States.

At Yale, Carter teaches courses on law and religion, intellectual property, contracts, professional responsibility, lying and secrets, and the ethics of warfare.  He has published dozens of articles in law reviews, and many op-ed columns in the nation’s leading newspapers.  He appears frequently on radio and television.

Among his nonfiction books are The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion (1993); Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy (1998);  and God’s Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics (2000).

His first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002), spent eleven weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.  His fifth novel, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, will be published in July of 2012.

Professor Carter is a member of numerous learned societies.  He has received eight honorary degrees.  He and his wife Enola G. Aird have two children, now in their twenties.