Program in Law & History
The Program in Law and History, established in 2007, supports the study of law in its historical context. The program brings together scholars and students from the University of Minnesota and around the world to foster teaching and research in all areas and periods of legal history.
Highlights of the Program in Law and History
- Numerous interdisciplinary courses that provide insight into the historical dynamics between law and social/cultural change, as well as instruction in the ways history figures in legal argument. Courses include the general survey course, American Legal History, as well as American Indian History, Civil Rights: Citizenship and Human Rights, Great Cases, Women’s Legal History and many more choices.
- Erickson Graduate Fellowship in Law and History to support summer research in legal history.
- Collaboration with the interdisciplinary University of Minnesota Graduate Program in history, which unites emerging historians worldwide to investigate, interrogate, and interpret the past.
- Access to the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center, offering one of the country’s outstanding collections of rare legal books and a first-rate resource for the study of American and English law and history.
April 11, 20173:30 pm to 5:00 pm
December 9, 20169:00 am to 10:30 am
Debt's Seduction and Defining Women's Worth: The Patriarchal Dance of Law and Finance in the New Debt EconomyDecember 2, 20169:00 am to 10:30 am
“The Law and History Program’s legal history workshop was one of the most enriching parts of my graduate training. Leading legal historians from across the country shared their works-in-progress. Hearing how their thinking was changing about a topic even as they were engaged in the process of writing a book helped me realize just how winding—and ultimately how much more rewarding—the path to a finished work of scholarship can be.”
Daniel LaChance, Ph.D. in American Studies, 2011, Assistant Professor and Mellon Law and Humanities Fellow, Department of History, Emory University.
Author of “Executing Freedom: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States”
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).
“The Legal History Workshop has given me an education in law and society scholarship that has fundamentally shaped my research and teaching interests. The program’s Erickson Fellowship offered invaluable funds that helped me complete my dissertation research.”
Evan Taparata, Ph.D. candidate, History Department, University of Minnesota
“The Legal History Workshop provides students a rare opportunity to exchange ideas with faculty, renowned scholars, and other students. Reading works-in-progress demystifies academic writing and knowledge production, while the free circulation of ideas enriches everyone’s thinking. The Workshop truly allows students to engage as junior scholars and colleagues.”
Jennifer Henry, Ph.D. student, History Department, University of Minnesota