Stephen L. Carter

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 11 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His sixth novel, BACK CHANNEL, was published in July of 2014.

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 20s.

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Books by Stephen L. Carter

by Stephen L. Carter - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

It’s October 1962, and the Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. The only way for the two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a “back channel” --- a surreptitious path of communication hidden from their own people. They need a clandestine emissary nobody would ever suspect. If the secret gets out, her life will be at risk…but they’re careful not to tell her that.

by Stephen L. Carter - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Stephen L. Carter’s new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later, he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial.