Jennifer C. Braceras


Jennifer C. Braceras is Editor of

She is a regular guest on New England Cable News and a former contributing columnist for the Boston Herald.

Her breadth of experience, deep understanding of politics, and her unique perspective have made her one of the go-to political analysts in Massachusetts.

Jennifer cut her political teeth in Washington as researcher at the Republican National Committee and later at the White House in the Office of Vice President Dan Quayle, where she reported directly to the Vice President’s Chief of Staff, William Kristol (now the Editor of the Weekly Standard).

A lawyer by training, Braceras worked for several years at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, where she specialized in employment discrimination litigation. After leaving private practice, Braceras served as Senior Fellow for Legal Policy with the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) and taught classes in civil rights and constitutional law at Boston College Law School and Suffolk University Law School.

In 2000, the Boston Globe hired Braceras to write weekly political columns during the fall election season. For her work at the Globe, particularly her insightful legal and political commentary, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Braceras one of the year’s the most influential lawyers.

For six years, from 2001 – 2007, Braceras served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a position to which she was appointed by President George W. Bush. In 2006, Governor Mitt Romney appointed Braceras to a five-year term on the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts, her alma mater.

In addition to her work for local media, Braceras’s writing about politics, law, and culture has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Weekly Standard, the Women’s Quarterly, and National Review Online. She has appeared as a legal and political analyst on ABC News, CNN, FOX News, and National Public Radio.

Braceras is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School.

In addition to the above, Braceras is a full-time hockey mom. She lives near Boston with her husband and four children.

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Publications and Multimedia
Shakespeare & the Law: Julius Caesar - Event Audio/Video
Boston Lawyers Chapter
October 21, 2016
Is There a War on Women? - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
May 30, 2013
Ledbetter and Beyond: Does the Media Oversimplify Gender Issues? - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights Practice Group and the Committee for Justice
October 11, 2012
Shakespeare and the Art of Judging - Event Audio/Video
Boston Lawyers Chapter
June 12, 2007
Affirmative Action & Gender Equity: New Rules Under Title IX?
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 1999
May 01, 1999