Thursday, May 16, 2013

UW Law & Society Post-Doc to Wood

Via the University of Wisconsin Law School website, we have news that Laurie Wood has been named the 2013-14 Law and Society Postdoctoral Fellow. Here's the rest of the announcement:
Dr. Wood completed her Ph.D. in History at the University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2013. She is a historian of the early modern world and her research focuses on law and Francophone history in comparative and global perspectives.

Dr. Wood's dissertation, "Îles de France: Law and Empire in the French Atlantic and Indian Oceans, 1680-1780," examines courts, known as conseils supérieurs, as anchors that connected the far-flung reaches of France's early modern empire in a common legal culture, from Versailles in France to Martinique and Mauritius in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. More broadly, her research interests focus on the question of how humans define themselves at the crossroads of global and local categories and how they act on these understandings of location and context. Her work reframes colonial and metropolitan French histories as a shared past and engages transnational work on legal regimes and comparative imperialism.

Dr. Wood's research has been supported by the Huntington Library in San Marino, the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, the Newberry Library in Chicago, the UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles, and the University of Texas at Austin.  
Congratulations to Laurie Wood!