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  • Devastation without Representation in Puerto Rico In an opinion piece for the LA Times, published on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Professor Sam Erman writes of devastation without representation in Puerto Rico. You can read the piece here. Learn more about Erman’s work by viewing his video interviews and reading about his forthcoming book with the series, Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, ... Read more
  • Erman Discusses Puerto Rico on the Podcast BackStory Sam Erman, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, appeared in a recent episode of the podcast BackStory, titled “After Hurricane Maria: The History of Puerto Rico and the United States.” The episode, which aired September 7, 2018, examines the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico across history and includes ... Read more
  • Martha S. Jones Discusses Her Book in the Johns Hopkins Hub Professor Martha S. Jones sat down recently with the Johns Hopkins Hub to discuss her book, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Cambridge University Press, June 2018). Check out the interview here. Read more
  • Jones on Protesting NFL Players Martha S. Jones, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and SLH author, recently penned an op-ed in the Washington Post titled “Trump said protesting NFL players ‘shouldn’t be in this country.’ We should take him seriously.” In the piece, Professor Jones responds to President Trump’s remarks regarding protesting NFL players and considers the  historical context ... Read more
  • Call for Applications: Johnson Program for First Book Authors The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) announces a new program designed to provide advice and support to scholars working toward the publication of first books in legal history, broadly defined. In conversation with peers and with the advice of senior scholars, participants will develop and revise book proposals and sample chapters, and they will ... Read more
  • Martha Jones on Birthright Citizens In this video, Professor Martha Jones of the University of Michigan discusses her book Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Cambridge University Press, Summer 2018). The video, courtesy of Michigan Law, provides an overview of the forthcoming book and its implications for thinking about citizenship in America. An edited transcription follows.   I’m finishing ... Read more
  • Binyamin Blum Reviews Likhovski for Jotwell In January 2018, Binyamin Blum reviewed Assaf Likhovski’s Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2017) for Jotwell. The review can be found on the Jotwell website and is also reproduced below. You can learn more about the book by watching the series of short clips Professor Likhovski recorded for SLH concerning ... Read more
  • Nicoletti on the Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis Cynthia Nicoletti, Professor of Law and History at the University of Virginia, recently sat down to discuss her latest book, Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis (Cambridge University Press, 2017). In the clip below, she describes the fraught decision whether or not to prosecute Davis for treason, and the broader constitutional implications of the ... Read more
  • Karen Tani Honored With the Cromwell Book Prize Studies in Legal History congratulates Professor Karen Tani on receiving the Cromwell Book Prize for her work, States of Dependency: Welfare, Rights, and American Governance, 1935-1972 (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The prize, awarded at the annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History, recognizes excellence in scholarship in the field of American Legal History by a junior ... Read more
  • Reviews Roll In For McKinley’s Fractional Freedoms Professor Michelle McKinley’s recent publication with Studies in Legal History, Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) continues to garner favorable reviews: You can read Susan Hogue Negrete’s October 2017 review of Fractional Freedoms in H-LatAm here. Lea VanderVelde’s November 2017 review of Fractional Freedoms in Law and History Review Volume 35, Issue 4 ... Read more
  • Paul Garfinkel Honored with the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize Series author Paul Garfinkel has been honored by the American Historical Association’s Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize for 2017 for his Criminal Law in Liberal and Fascist Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The award recognizes outstanding work in Italian history or Italian-American relations. Garfinkel’s book is the first comprehensive history of the development of penal ... Read more
  • The American Society of Legal History Annual Meeting 2017 The American Society of Legal History will hold its annual meeting in Las Vegas on October 26th, 27th, and 28th. SLH is particularly excited about the Friday afternoon “author meets reader” session on Michelle McKinley’s book Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600–1700. Fractional Freedoms, which was awarded the 2017 Judy ... Read more
  • An Exchange on Critical Legal Studies between Robert W. Gordon and William Nelson Studies in Legal History (SLH) is pleased to share with our readers an exchange between Robert W. Gordon and William Nelson on critical legal studies. This exchange, of interest to legal historians, was not included in SLH’s publication of Gordon’s collected essays because of its nature as a dialogue between the two scholars, rather than ... Read more
  • Impeachment: The Constitutional Problems: Who Said That a 44 Year-Old Monograph Can’t Be Relevant? R. B. Bernstein, City College of New York In today’s atmosphere of constitutional sturm und drang, many are revisiting the 1972-1974 Watergate crisis, which forced President Richard M. Nixon to resign. The Studies in Legal History series played a supporting role in that crisis by publishing Raoul Berger’s Impeachment: The Constitutional Problems (1973). Impeachment made Berger ... Read more