Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rao to Edit Law and History Review

After over five years of exceptional service, Elizabeth Dale, Professor of Law and Professor of History at the University of Florida, is stepping down as editor of the Law and History Review, the journal of the American Society for Legal History.  She has ably continued the great editorial tradition that has made LHR the world’s best journal devoted to “the social history of law and the history of legal ideas and institutions.”  Under her watch, it has become global in its coverage.  She has also kept LHR apace with methodological innovations, as in the recent special issue on Digital Law and History (34:4).  And, as @LHR_editor, she has brought the journal into the social media age.  Legal historians everywhere are in her debt.

I am very pleased to announce that Professor Dale will be succeeded as editor by Gautham Rao, a legal historian of revolutionary America and the Early American Republic who teaches in the Department of History at American University in Washington, DC.  Professor Rao is the author of National Duties: Custom Houses and the Making of the American State (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and many articles, including the prize-winning "The Federal Posse Comitatus Doctrine," published in Law and History Review.  He served on the ASLH’s Program Committee in 2010-11, has chaired its Kathryn T. Preyer Committee, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors.  Since 2012 he has been a member of the Editorial Board of Law and History Review.  And, like Professor Dale, he was a guest blogger on LHB!

The transfer of power will occur at the annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History in Las Vegas, October 26-29, 2017.  Throughout the transition, authors may continue to submit manuscripts through the LHR website.
Daniel R. Ernst
Chair, Publications Committee
American Society for Legal History