Monday, November 1, 2010

Welcome to Chris Tomlins and Allison Brownell Tirres

The Legal History Blog welcomes Allison Brownell Tirres, De Paul College of Law, and Christopher Tomlins, University of California, Irvine, School of Law, who will be guest blogging during the month of November.

Allison is an Assistant Professor at De Paul, where she had been teaching since 2007.  She received her JD and Ph.D. in History from Harvard, and practiced law before entering teaching.  Allison's publications includeThe View from the Border: Law and Community in the Nineteenth Century, in Transformations in American Legal History, vol. 2 (ed. Daniel W. Hamilton & Alfred Brophy) (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2011), Lawyers and Legal Borderlands, 50 Am. J. Legal Hist. 157 (2008-2010), and her Note, Law, Race, and the Border: The El Paso Salt War of 1877, 117 Harv. L. Rev. 941 (2004).  She is at work on a book, based on her dissertation:  American Law Comes to the Border: Law and Colonization on the Edge of the U.S./Mexico Divide (Ph.D. Dissertation, Harvard University, 2008).

Chris is the Chancellor's Professor of Law at Irvine.  He moved to Irvine in 2009 after eighteen years as a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation.  Chris's book Law, Labor and Ideology in the Early American Republic (Cambridge University Press, 1993) was awarded the James Willard Hurst Prize of the Law & Society Association, and the Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association and the American Society for Legal History.  He has edited many works, including The Cambridge History of Law in America, 3 volumes (Cambridge University Press, 2008) (co-edited with Michael Grossberg).  His newest book is Freedom, Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865 (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Welcome to Allison and Chris!