Speculation Grows As Elizabeth Warren Will Not Teach At Harvard This Fall


Word on the street is that Elizabeth Warren has somewhat abruptly decided not to teach at Harvard this fall. “I’m writing to let you know that Professor Jerry Frug will be teaching your Contracts class this term instead of Professor Elizabeth Warren,” Harvard law school dean Martha Minow wrote to students on Tuesday, in an e-mail The Washington Post snagged. “Professor Warren regrets that she will not be able to teach you this fall and we regret the last minute change.”

The development has already touched off a great deal of speculation about whether Warren has been told she’ll get the top job at the consumer financial protection bureau. But in a way this development mirrors the story of Dawn Johnsen — a progressive favorite, who President Obama initially tapped to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. After she got the nomination, Johnsen uprooted herself from Indiana University only to watch the White House and Senate Democrats decide not to fight for her confirmation.

Progressives with long memories won’t be counting their chickens.


Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com