Saturday, December 1, 2018

Welcome, Joanna Grisinger!

We are delighted to welcome a new guest blogger for the month of December. Joanna Grisinger is Associate Professor of Instruction at the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including Legal and Constitutional History of the United States, Constitutional Law, Gender and the Law, Law and Society, and Law & the Civil Rights Movement. 

Professor Grisinger received her J.D. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the modern administrative state in twentieth-century U.S. legal and political history. Her first book, The Unwieldy American State: Administrative Politics Since the New Deal (Cambridge University Press, 2012), offers a political history of administrative law reform. Her current research examines the relationship between administrative agencies and the civil rights movement and explores public interest participation in administrative decision making; she is currently completing two articles in which anti-apartheid activists sought reform through administrative agencies.

Professor Grisinger is a co-founder and co-organizer (with Kimberly Welch, Kathryn Schumaker, and Logan Sawyer) of the Law & History Collaborative Research Network (established 2013) within the Law and Society Association. She also co-edits (with Deborah Dinner) the Legal History section of, and is the advisory editor on Law and Criminality for the American National Biography. She is currently a member of the ASLH Board of Directors and is chair of the American Society for Legal History’s Standing Committee on the Annual Meeting. (If you want to help bring the ASLH annual meeting to your city, let her know!)