Elena Kagan's Education Background
President Obama just announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court: Elena Kagan.
Kagan was born in New York City and graduated from Princeton, summa cum laude in 1981. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law in 1986.
While Kagan was at Princeton, she was the editor of the Daily Princetonian, the school newspaper, from 1980-1981. The Daily Princetonian issued a report on Kagan on May 3, 2010.
Here are some excerpts from that report:
“Kagan was an organized and meticulous student, with a sparkling wit and mind, whose burgeoning journalistic instincts were expressed in her frequent note-taking,” Wilentz said. In addition to her intelligence, she was good humored and fun to be around, [her history professor, Sean Wilentz] added. “She’s very full of life,” he explained. “Very vital, very vivacious.”
“Yet Kagan was also more guarded in discussing politics and in her social life. “She had a reserved side,” Wilentz noted. “She’s not the kind of person to go on Oprah. But with those boundaries, she’s just a delight to be with. You’d like to have [her] as a friend.”
“And Wilentz reiterated that, controversies aside, Kagan’s stellar mind ideally qualifies her for the nomination. “She’s not an ideologue; she’s very pragmatic,” he said. “She’s a woman whose deepest dedication is to the Constitution of the United States. Which some people can think is a terribly radical thing, and some people can think is a terribly reactionary thing, but I think is exactly where she ought to be for the position she is being considered for.”
In addition to her excellent academic success and prestigious term as the editor of The Princetonian, Kagan was also the dean of Harvard Law School and served as the first female U.S. Solicitor General.
One more interesting tidbit about Kagan: According to the Huffington Post, she will be the third consecutive Supreme Court Justice who graduated from Princeton.