The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation of New York City supports work exclusively in American legal history. Foundation research fellowships were announced at the recent American Society for Legal History meeting. The awards of up to $5000 are normally given to junior scholars who are working on their dissertations or who are in the immediate post-dissertation stage of their work. Recipients of fellowships this year are:
Lindsay Campbell, who holds law degrees from the University of British Columbia and is a Ph.D. candidate in the JSP Program at Berkeley for her work on the meaning and scope of rights to free expression and a free press in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia in the early nineteenth century.
Christopher Schmidt, who has recently been awarded a J.D. from the Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, for his work reinterpreting the origins of Brown v. Board of Education to show the emergence of racial liberalism as a ruling ideology.
Hilary Soderland, a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Cambridge University, a law student at U.C. Berkeley, for her work on how the first century of archaeology law has shaped the study of Native American cultures.
Joshua Stein, a Ph.D. candidate in the UCLA Department of History, for his work studying assault and battery prosecutions in New York City from 1760-1840, in order to understand local systems of justice and changing attitudes towards violence.