Sarah Seo: Visiting Scholar in 2017-2018
Sarah Seo is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. Her current scholarship focuses on the legal history of criminal law and procedure in the twentieth-century United States. A forthcoming book, titled Policing Everyman: How Cars Transformed American Freedom (under contract with Harvard University Press), examines the history of mass automobility to explain the evolution of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence and to explore the problem of police discretion in a society committed to the rule of law. The book is based on her Ph.D. dissertation, which won Law & Society Association’s Dissertation Prize in 2017. Seo has also published in the Yale Law Journal, Law and Social Inquiry, and Law and History Review, among others.
Seo is the recipient of many awards, grants, and fellowships. Most recently, she was awarded grants from the American Philosophical Society and the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, and was honored with the Professor Eric K. Yamamoto Emerging Scholar Award from the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty. Prior to joining Iowa Law School, Seo was in residence at NYU Law School as the Samuel I. Golieb Fellow, and at UVA Law School as the Charles W. McCurdy/Miller Center Fellow.
Seo received her A.B. and Ph.D., both in history, at Princeton University. After earning her law degree at Columbia Law School, she clerked for Judge Denny Chin, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Judge Reena Raggi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has also practiced at an international law firm and as a pro bono lawyer.
During her time as Scholar in Residence at CCCCT, Seo will finish her book and begin working on a new project on the legal, social, cultural, and intellectual history of due process and democratic policing in mid-twentieth-century United States.