Video Series

  • Coming Soon: Erman’s Almost Citizens Coming Soon: Erman's Almost CitizensAlmost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire is coming soon! Publication is expected in November-December 2018. To get up to speed on the project before it is published, you can watch the below video in which Professor Erman summarizes his book and the major arguments it makes. A transcription of the video follows. The book is titled ... Read more
  • Erman on the Gonzales v. Williams Case Erman on the Gonzales v. Williams CaseProfessor 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 Erman on the Inspiration for His Book and Its Relevance TodayProfessor 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 Kolla on the Writing Process and Links Between ProjectsProfessor 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 Kolla on SourcesProfessor 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 Kolla on Popular Sovereignty and the French RevolutionProfessor 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 Martha Jones on Birthright CitizensIn 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 Nicoletti on the Treason Prosecution of Jefferson DavisCynthia 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 Likhovski on His Writing ProcessSometimes 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 Likhovski on "One of the Best Parts of Writing the Book"--His SourcesIn 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 Likhovski on Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and IsraelAssaf 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 Michelle McKinley On Fractional FreedomsProfessor 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 Robert W. Gordon on Taming the PastProfessor 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 Sophia Lee and Michelle McKinley on Archival FindsWhat 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