Video Series

  • Erman on the Gonzales v. Williams Case Professor Sam Erman, author of Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in October 2018), discusses the pivotal Gonzales v. Williams case that shaped the status of Puerto Rico and its citizens in the eyes of the United States government. A lightly edited transcription follows the video. You can read more ... Read more
  • Erman on the Inspiration for His Book and Its Relevance Today Professor Sam Erman, author of Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in October 2018), discusses the inspiration for his book, as well as its contemporary relevance. A lightly edited transcription follows the video. You can read more about the book here.   I’m interested in the question of citizenship. I think ... Read more
  • Kolla on the Writing Process and Links Between Projects Professor Edward Kolla of Georgetown University Qatar discusses the inspiration for his next project and its ties to his recently published book (Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution) in this third segment of our interview series. You can watch the interview in the video clip below and follow along with the lightly edited transcript ... Read more
  • Kolla on Sources Professor Edward Kolla of Georgetown University Qatar discusses the source base for his recent book, Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and the importance of one source in particular–diplomatic communiques. A lightly edited transcript follows. You can also check out further conversations with Professor Kolla about his work here.       The source ... Read more
  • Kolla on Popular Sovereignty and the French Revolution Professor Edward Kolla of Georgetown University Qatar delves into the history of the idea of popular sovereignty, its roots in the French Revolution, and its relevance to territorial claims in more modern times. Professor Kolla is the author of Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2017). A lightly edited transcript of ... 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
  • 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
  • Likhovski on His Writing Process Sometimes the book you set out to write isn’t the book you end up with. Listen as SLH series author Professor Assaf Likhovski of Tel Aviv University discusses the process of writing his latest book, Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2017). A lightly edited transcription follows. If ... Read more
  • Likhovski on “One of the Best Parts of Writing the Book”–His Sources In a second clip from our 3-part interview,  series author Professor Assaf Likhovski describes the joy of discovering unexpected sources, and how those same sources fundamentally shaped his project. You can read more about Professor Likhovski’s book, Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2017), here. If you missed part ... Read more
  • Likhovski on Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel Assaf Likhovski, Professor of Law and Legal History at Tel Aviv University, was kind enough to sit down recently to discuss his recent book, Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2017). In this clip, he gives a short overview of the book and its importance both to the ... Read more
  • Michelle McKinley On Fractional Freedoms Professor Michelle McKinley, the Bernard B. Kliks Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law, discusses her forthcoming book Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700 (Cambridge University Press, September 2016). The book explores slavery and what Professor McKinley terms “fractional freedoms” in the context of colonial ... Read more
  • Robert W. Gordon on Taming the Past Professor Robert W. Gordon of Stanford Law School discusses his book, a collection of essays entitled Taming the Past: Essays on Law and History and History in Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017). The essays examine the ways in which lawyers make use of history and attempt to “tame” it to their own purposes. In the video ... Read more
  • Sophia Lee and Michelle McKinley on Archival Finds What makes an archival visit go from good to great? Professors Michelle McKinley of Oregon University School of Law and Sophia Lee of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discuss “happenstance discoveries” made in the archives and the significance of these finds to their own projects. Read more about the works shaped by this archival ... Read more