Biographies

William Forbath is the Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School.  He holds a J.D. and Ph.D. from Yale.  Professor Forbath came to Texas in 1997 after more than a decade on the faculties of law and history at UCLA. Among the nation's leading legal and constitutional historians, he is the author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement (Harvard, 1991), the forthcoming Social and Economic Rights in the American Grain (Harvard, 2007), and about sixty articles, book chapters, and essays on legal and constitutional history and theory. His scholarly work appears in Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and the Journal of American History; his journalism in American Prospect and the Nation. His current research concerns the history of U.S. immigration law and policies and the role of law in the creation of the modern American state. Professor Forbath visited at Columbia Law School in 2001-02 and will be teaching at Harvard Law School in 2008-09. He is on the Editorial Boards of Law & History, Law & Social Inquiry: Journal of the American Bar Foundation, and other journals, and on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History, Texas Low-Income Housing Services, and other public interest organizations.

 

Hendrik Hartog is the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University. He holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Brandeis University (1982), a J.D. from the New York University School of Law (1973), and an A.B. from Carleton College (1970). Before coming to Princeton, he taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School (1982-92) and at the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law (1977-82). Hartog has spent his scholarly life working in the social history of American law, obsessed with the difficulties and opportunities that come with studying how broad political and cultural themes have been expressed in ordinary legal conflicts. He has worked in a variety of areas of American legal history: on the history of city life, on the history of constitutional rights claims, on the history of marriage, and on the historiography of legal change. He is the author of Public Property and Private Power: the Corporation of the City of New York in American Law, 1730-1870 (1983) and Man and Wife in America: a History (2000). He is the editor of Law in the American Revolution and the Revolution in the Law (1981) and the coeditor of Law in Culture and Culture in Law (2000) and American Public Life and the Historical Imagination (2003). Representative articles include “Pigs and Positivism” (Wisconsin Law Review, 1985); “The Constitution of Aspiration and ‘The Rights that Belong to us All’” (Journal of American History, 1987); “Mrs. Packard on Dependency” (Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, 1988); “Abigail Bailey’s Coverture: Law in a Married Woman’s Consciousness” (in Law in Everyday Life, 1993); “Lawyering, Husbands’ Rights, and ‘The Unwritten Law,’ in Nineteenth-Century America” (Journal of American History, 1997); and “Llewellyn, Divorce, and Description” (in American Public Life and the Historical Imagination, 2003). He has been awarded a variety of national fellowships and lectureships, and for a decade he coedited Studies in Legal History, the book series of the American Society for Legal History. .

 

Dalia Tsuk Mitchell is associate professor at George Washington University Law School.  She holds an LL.B., Tel Aviv University, an M. Phil. from Yale University, and an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Harvard University.  Professor Tsuk Mitchell joined the Law School faculty in 2004. From 1999 to 2004, she was on the faculty of the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Before joining the University of Arizona, Professor Tsuk Mitchell was a senior fellow at the graduate program at Harvard Law School and a Samuel I. Golieb fellow in legal history at NYU School of Law. In 2001, she was a fellow at the inaugural J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Tsuk Mitchell’s research focuses on the history of U.S. legal thought with particular emphasis on the role that groups and organizations have played in legal scholars’ visions for the modern state. Her recent articles, “Shareholders as Proxies: The Contours of Shareholder Democracy,” “From Pluralism to Individualism: Berle and Means and the 20th Century American Legal Thought,” and “Corporations Without Labor: The Politics of Progressive Corporate Law,” offer new and critical interpretations of the development of corporate law and theory in the 20th Century. Professor Tsuk Mitchell’s book, Architect of Justice: Felix S. Cohen and the Founding of American Legal Pluralism, examines the impact of legal pluralism on the transformation of American legal thought in the first part of the 20th Century. Her book recently was awarded the Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in American law and society.  She currently is working on a book about the history of corporate law and theory. She also co-authored a casebook on corporate law with GW Law Professor Lawrence Mitchell.

 

Sally Hadden is Associate Professor of History at Florida State University. After receiving her B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1984, she earned her M.A., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard in 1985, 1989, and 1993 respectively. A specialist in American legal history prior to 1865 and eighteenth-century social/cultural history, Professor Hadden continues to work on topics that connect colonial history and legal history with broader themes in American life. Her first book, Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas, was published by Harvard University Press in 2001. Current projects in the works include Quakers and the law, as well as a study of legal literature in the late 18th/early 19th century. Her chapter on slave law in the colonial era will appear in "Cambridge History of Law in America," edited by Christopher Tomlins and Michael Grossberg (2007).

 

Mark Graber has held a faculty position in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park since 1993 and has taught at the University of Maryland School of Law as an adjunct professor since the fall of 2002. Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, he has had a joint appointment at the law school as professor of Government and Law. Professor Graber is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the country on constitutional law and politics. He is the author of Rethinking Abortion (Princeton University Press) and Transforming Free Speech (University of California Press). His most recent book is Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil (Cambridge University Press). Professor Graber is the author of scores of articles, including "Naked Land Transfers and American Constitutional Development", published in the Vanderbilt Law Review and "Resolving Political Questions into Judicial Questions: Tocqueville's Aphorism Revisited", published by Constitutional Commentary.

 

Jedediah Purdy joined the Duke Law faculty July 1, 2004. He graduated from Harvard College, summa cum laude, with an A.B. in Social Studies, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001. While at Yale, he was a teaching assistant in civil procedure and led seminars on environmental politics and culture at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Century Institute Summer Program at Williams College. Professor Purdy teaches in the areas of property, constitutional law, and environmental law. His other areas of interest include intellectual property, American politics, and intellectual history/political theory and law. Before joining the Duke faculty, Professor Purdy clerked for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City and was a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is spending the 2006-2007 academic year as an ethics fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Professor Purdy's scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Cornell Law Review, California Law Review, and George Washington Law Review, among others. His scholarship concentrates on the theory and history of property law and the place of public values in the private economy. He has also written on politics and demographics, methodological debates in social inquiry, and the prospects of American progressivism. He is the author of For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today (Knopf 1999), Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World (Knopf 2003) and many essays in publications including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed Page and Book Review, The American Prospect, Democracy, and Die Zeit.

 

Paul Halliday is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Professor Halliday first became interested in how legal change accommodates new political ideas and practices while writing his first book, Dismembering the Body Politic: Partisan Politics in England's Towns, 1650-1730, a work concerned with the origins of partisan politics in 17th England. Since then, he has moved deeply into legal history, with a particular interest in those moments when social and political realities shaped the law. He is currently writing The Liberty of the Subject: Habeas Corpus and English Society, 1500-1800. This book is based on an extensive survey of the writ files and rolls of the court of King's Bench, from which he has gathered information on over 4500 cases. It also relies on work in manuscript reports and in non-legal materials ranging from private letters to public sermons. In the book, he explores how this vital legal instrument arose from ideas about royal power. By making the judge sovereign, habeas corpus protected, and ultimately transformed, ideas about the many kinds of liberty English people claimed. In doing so, the writ gave individuals new capacities to shape the exercise of authority.

 

Dylan Penningroth is Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University and earned his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University in 1999. He works on African American history, with special interests in the history of slavery and emancipation, property and family, and African History. His dissertation "Claiming Kin and Property: Black Life in the Nineteenth-Century South" won the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians in 2000. The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South was published by the University of North Carolina Press in fall 2003, in the John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture. It won the 2004 Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians. From 2005-08 he is serving as an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. He is currently working on a book about African Americans' engagement with law in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century South.

 

Tomiko Brown-Nagin is Associate Professor of Law and History at Washington University Law School. An expert in U.S. Legal and Social History, she teaches courses on law and social movements, constitutional law, remedies, and ethics. Prof. Brown-Nagin received her law degree from Yale University, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, a Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Duke University, and a B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Furman University. She clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and the Hon. Jane Roth of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. She also worked as a litigation associate in the Manhattan law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, prior to joining the Washington University faculty. At Paul Weiss Prof. Brown-Nagin worked on complex commercial matters, as well as on several pro bono matters; most recently, she co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of the Yale, Harvard, and Stanford Black Law Students' Associations in Grutter v. Bollinger. Professor Brown-Nagin has published articles in law and history journals, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, Law & Inequality, Women's History Review, and the Journal of Law & Education, on topics ranging from women's activism and social change, school finance and charter school litigation, and affirmative action in higher education. Currently, she is working on a book that examines black ambivalence about legal liberalism and the NAACP's legal campaign against Jim Crow.

 

Mary Sarah Bilder is a professor at the Boston College Law School, where she teaches the subjects of property and American legal and constitutional history. She received her B.A. and the Dean's Prize from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and her A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History of American Civilization. She was a law clerk to the Hon. Francis Murnaghan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. She writes primarily on colonial American legal culture and constitutionalism. She is the author of The Transatlantic Constitution: Colonial Legal Culture and the Empire (Harvard University Press, 2004), awarded the Littleton-Griswold Award from the American Historical Association. Her articles appear in The Many Legalities of Early America, the forthcoming Cambridge History of Law in America, and law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, and the Hastings Law Journal. She has received the Boston College Annual Prize for Scholarship, a Boston College Distinguished Research Award, a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, and is a Boston College Law School Fund Scholar. She currently serves on the editorial board of Law and History Review, the Council of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the Board of Overseers of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, and is a member of the American Law Institute.

 

Claire Priest is an associate professor of law at Northwestern University, where she began teaching in 2002. She received B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. (History) degrees from Yale University. While at Yale Law School, she served as an articles editor and as symposium chair for the Yale Law Journal. The Yale Law School faculty awarded her the John M. Olin Prize for the best paper on law, economics, and public policy, and the Joseph Parker Prize for the best paper on legal history. She was awarded two summer fellowships from Yale Law School's John M. Olin Center for Law and Public Policy. After graduating from law school in 2000, Priest was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law in 2000-01. She then served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2001-02. She received her Ph.D. in History in 2003. Her Ph.D. dissertation was awarded the Yale Graduate School's George Washington Egleston Prize for the best dissertation in American History, and the Economic History Association's Allan Nevins Prize for the best dissertation in American or Canadian Economic History (2003). Professor Priest's research interests include property, American legal history, contracts and remedies.

 

Wesley M. Oliver is associate law professor at Widener University, where he teaches classes in criminal law, criminal procedure and constitutional law. Last year he was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School. While here at Harvard, he also taught courses on criminal procedure and legal research and writing, and frequently co-taught criminal law with renowned criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz. Oliver has also taught at the University of Maine School of Law, Tulane Law School and was a Fulbright scholar and lecturer at the McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal. He earned his law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law and an LL.M. from Yale Law School.

 

James A. Brundage was Ahmanson-Murphy Distinguished Professor of Medieval History and Courtesy Professor of Law at the University of Kansas until he took emeritus status in 2000. His publications include The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia (1961; reissued 2003) and Medieval Canon Law and the Crusader (1969); Richard Lion-Heart: A Biography (1974); Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe (1987; Spanish translation 2000), Medieval Canon Law (1995), and three volumes of collected studies (1991, 1994, and 2004), the most recent of which, The Profession and Practice of Medieval Canon Law, deals with his principal current research interest. He is also the author of more than 250 articles, notes, and reviews in scholarly journals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Medieval Academy of America. In 1985 he was president of the American Catholic Historical Association, whose John Gilmary Shea Prize he received in 1988. He has been an associate editor of the Journal of Medieval History since 1974. He is a life member of Clare Hall in the University of Cambridge and has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Fulbright senior lectureship in Spain, and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, among other honors and awards.

 

Diana I. Williams is the 2006-07 Raoul Berger Fellow in Legal History at the Harvard Law School. She is completing her dissertation, "'They Call it Marriage': the Interracial Louisiana Family and the Making of American Legitimacy, 1840-1910" in the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard. A paper drawn from this work, "'The Code Has Now No Color': Civil Rights and Racial Indeterminacy in post-Civil War New Orleans," was among the top five finalists for the 2005 Louis Pelzer Award of the Journal of American History. Additional support for her work has been provided by the Mark DeWolfe Howe Fund in Civil Rights, the Littleton-Griswold legal history fund of the American Historical Association, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame University, and the Ford Foundation Minority Fellowship Program. She holds an M.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as A.B. (History) and M.A. (English) degrees from Harvard, where she has taught in the History and Literature program.

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