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Elizabeth Warren's ancestry not considered in Harvard Law hiring

Elizabeth Warren
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An "exhaustive review" of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's professional history by the Boston Globe found that her claim to Native American ancestry was never a consideration during her hiring process at Harvard Law School or throughout her rise in the legal profession.

The big picture: Amid speculation of a possible presidential run in 2020, Warren gave the Globe every personal record in her possession about her time as a professor at six different law schools, hoping to put to bed allegations that her claim to Native American heritage helped her get hired. The Globe's analysis of the records, along with more than 100 interviews with Warren's colleagues and others that played a role in hiring decisions, yielded the same conclusion — that she was viewed as a white woman throughout her career.

Editor's note: The headline for this story has been corrected to remove the word "application" to better reflect Warren's hiring process at Harvard Law School.