by Christina Yeager
Jedediah S. Purdy spent his childhood gathering nuts and sticks in the immense countryside of Virginia while being homeschooled until his high school years. His college years are invariably where he truly flourished and collected active interest in law and politics. With stints at Harvard Law, Yale Law among other ivy league schools, you can imagine what he’s accomplished!
“My favorite thing to do was wander through the woods and fill up my pockets and little bags with nuts and rocks and sticks. We have boxes and boxes in our attic just labeled 'Jed’s Nature Stuff.' I loved fossils. I’d go through our driveway gravel looking for shell fragments. I collected feathers, mosses, and big buckets of frogs’ eggs from the pond and creek.”
Homeschooling life and beyond
Jedediah was born in 1974 in the isolated unincorporated community of Chloe, West Virginia, to Wally and Deirdre Purdy. Jed’s mother was a lawyer with a highly educated background. He was homeschooled throughout his entire grade school life until high school. Jed subsequently chose the attend public school at the age of thirteen until graduation.
“Outside I was a happy high school student, but inside, I felt hollow.”
Mr. Purdy attended and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and Yale Law School. He also took positions as Assistant Professor of Law and Professor of Law at Duke University as well as served as Law Clerk in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
“It is easiest to call them homeschoolers. Really, though, our parents did something more radical. They freed us to learn. The future.”
It’s inevitable with the considerable amount of education Jed Purdy has under his belt that his notable achievements would be great. And they are!
The key areas in which Jedediah’s expertise range are:
Professor Purdy has produced his share of publications over the years:
Published books that Jed has authored are:
Here are a few other activities on Mr. Purdy’s ‘busy’ list:
As you can see, Professor Jedediah Purdy has performed astonishing feats in his forty-five years of life so far. This extensive list will undoubtedly grow!
What’s Jed doing currently?
Jed Purdy previously occupied a position of Professor at Duke University for fourteen successful years and before that, he taught as a visiting professor at Yale Law, Harvard Law, Stanford Law, The University of Virginia of Law and Georgetown University Law.
Leaving an impressive trail behind him, he has moved on to Columbia Law School as of January 2019. Jed will be teaching and writing on constitutional, environmental, property law, legal theory and law’s intersection with social and political thought respectively.
Godspeed Professor Jedediah Purdy!