Tuesday, May 6, 2014

LAPA Fellowships to McKinley, Whitman

In recent memory, Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs has been very encouraging of historical work. We're delighted to see the tradition continue with the 2014-15 class of fellows, which includes legal historians Michelle McKinley and James Whitman. Cribbing from Princeton's announcement:
Michelle A. McKinley is Associate Professor of Law at University of Oregon Law School. She teaches Law, Culture & Society, Immigration Law, Public International Law, International Criminal Law, and Refugee & Asylum Law. Professor McKinley attended Harvard Law School, and graduate school at Oxford University. Professor McKinley is the former Managing Director of Cultural Survival, an advocacy and research organization dedicated to indigenous peoples. She is also the founder, and former director, of the Amazonian Peoples' Resources Initiative, a community based reproductive rights organization in Peru, where she worked for nine years as an advocate for global health and human rights. Professor McKinley has published extensively on international law, human rights, reproductive rights, globalization, and legal history, particularly the law of slavery.  She has been awarded fellowships for her research from the ACLS, NEH, NSF, American Philosophical Society, and the Newberry Library.  As a LAPA Fellow she will be completing a manuscript on “Fractional Freedoms” for publication by Cambridge University Press as part of its Studies in Legal History.
James Q. Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School, where he teaches comparative law, criminal law, art law and legal history.  He is the author of several books, including Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe (Oxford, 2004), The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial (Yale, 2008), and The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War (Harvard, 2012). He has also published extensively in scholarly journals. Professor Whitman received a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale, an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Following law school, Whitman clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He has been a visiting professor at a number of American and foreign universities, and received fellowship support from a variety of prestigious American and foreign sources.  At Princeton, his project will examine the breakdown of the enforcement of social hierarchy in the making of modern legal and social forms.
The full list of 2014-15 LAPA fellows is here. Congratulations to all!

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