Legal History Workshop & Events

The Legal History Workshop brings together students and faculty to  discuss works-in-progress by scholars from within and outside Columbia University. For more information on the workshop, please contact Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus or Amy Chazkel.

See below for the schedule of workshops and other legal history-related events.

October 28 at 4:20pm EST • Sam Fury Childs Daly (Duke, African and African American Studies): Comment by Katherine Franke (Columbia, Law).

December 2, 4:20pm EST • Rebecca Scott (Michigan, History and Law). Comment by Maeve Glass (Columbia, Law).

Fall 2020

October 8 at 6:30-7:30pm EST • "Becoming Free, Becoming Black: A Talk by Ariela Gross with Kellen Heniford," sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.

October 28 at 6:30pm EST • Brittany Farr (Penn, Law): "Breach by Violence: Sharecropping Contracts in the Post-Slavery South."

November 18 at 6:30pm EST • Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University of Singapore, History): "Shifting Sands: British Imperial Politics of Land Reclamation in the Mid-Twentieth Century." Comment by Nick Smith (Barnard, Urban Studies/Architecture).

December 9 at 6:30pm EST • Stephanie Jones-Rogers (Berkeley, History): "'She had... a Womb Subjected to Bondage': The Afro-Atlantic Origins of British Colonial Descent Law." Comment by Stephanie McCurry (Columbia, History).

Spring 2021

January 27 at 6:30pm EST • Anna di Robilant (Boston, Law): Selections from The Making of Modern Property: Reinventing Roman Law in Nineteenth Century Europe and Its Periphery (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

February 24 at 6:30pm EST • Thomas McSweeney (William & Mary, Law): "Writing the Common Law in Latin." Comment by Adam Kosto (Columbia, History).


Fall 2019

October 30: Sam Erman (USC, Law), selections from Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution and Empire. Commentator Mae Ngai (Columbia, History).

Spring 2020

January 29: Jane Manners (Columbia, Law) and Lev Menand (Columbia, Law), “Removal Permissions: Inefficiency, Neglect of Duty, Malfeasance, and the Limits of Agency Independence.”

February 26: Smita Ghosh (Georgetown, Law), “Locking up and Locking Out.” Commentator Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus (Columbia, Law).


Fall 2018

November 14: Andrew Kent (Fordham, Law) and Jed Shugerman (Fordham, Law), “‘Faithful Execution’ and Article II.” Commentator Gillian Metzger (Columbia, Law).

Spring 2019

February 13: Rande Kostal (Western, Law), selections from Laying Down the Law: American Legal Revolutions in Occupied Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

March 27: Jennifer Morgan (NYU, History), selections from Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship, and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic. Commentator Maeve Glass (Columbia, Law).

April 24: Vera Candiani (Princeton, History), prospectus for Peasants and Commons in the Americas: A History of Erasure
Commentator Claire Debuquois (Columbia, Law).

Fall 2017

October 4: Maeve Glass (Columbia, Law), “A Constitution of Commerce.”  Commentator Ted Fertik (Yale, History).

November 1:  Stephen Robertson (Director of the Roy Rosenzweig for History and New Media, George Mason University, “Law & (Dis)order in Harlem: A Spatial Legal History of the 1935 Riot.”

November 15: Judith Surkis (Rutgers, History), selections from Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830-1930. Commentator Emmanuelle Saada.


Fall 2016

September 14: Amy Dru Stanley (Chicago, History), “The Sovereign Market and Sex Difference: Human Rights in America.”

October 20: Stephanie McCurry (Columbia, History), “Enemy Women and the Laws of War in the American Civil War.”

Spring 2017

March 1: Kunal Parker (Miami, Law), “The Transformation of the Common Law: Modernism, History, and Legal Thought in Early to Mid-Twentieth Century America.”

March 22: Daniel Asen (Rutgers, History), “Professional Politics of a Crime Scene: Law, Science, and Expert Evidence in 1920s China.”

April 19: Ada Kuskowski (Penn, History), “The Time of Custom: On Temporality and Customary Law in the Middle Ages.”


Fall 2015

November 16: Sam Erman (US, Law), selections from Puerto Rico and the Constitution: Struggles Around Status and Governance in the New Empire, 1891–1925.

December 2: Aziz Rana (Cornell, Law), selections from The Rise of the Constitution. Commentator: Jeremy Kessler

Spring 2016

March 24: William Forbath (U.T. Austin, Law), “The Jewish Constitutional Moment.”