Jane Manners

  • Academic Fellow and Lecturer in Law

Jane Manners is an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. She studies US legal history, with a focus on constitutional law, legislation, and local government law. She received her PhD in history from Princeton in 2018 and her JD and BA from Harvard.  In 2018 she was named a Preyer Scholar, an honor awarded annually by the American Society for Legal History to two early career legal historians, for her article “'Storehouse of the Industry of the Nation’: Fire and Federalism in the Age of Jackson."

Between law school and graduate school, Jane served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Mark Wolf of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Before law school, she worked as a journalist, a teacher, a presidential campaign staffer and a philanthropic grant maker. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and the Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc, among other places. Her work has been supported by the American Historical Association, the  American Council on Learned Societies, the Hurst Institute, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, and the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation. She has previously held the Golieb Fellowship at NYU Law School, the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellowship at the New-York Historical Society, and the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.