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(p. x) (p. xi) About the Contributors

(p. x) (p. xi) About the Contributors

Gregory Ablavsky

is Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. His work on law and relations between Native nations and the United States has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and Duke Law Journal, and is forthcoming in the Journal of American History. His book Federal Ground: Law, Sovereignty, and Property in the Early U.S. Territories, is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Elizabeth S. Anker

teaches in the English Department and Law School at Cornell University. Her books include Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature (Cornell University Press, 2012) and the edited collections Critique and Postcritique (with Rita Felski, Duke University Press, 2017) and New Directions in Law and Literature (with Bernadette Meyler, Oxford University Press, 2017). She edits the book series “Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law” (with Cornell University Press) and is currently writing two books, On Paradox: The Claims of Theory and Our Constitutional Metaphors: Law, Culture, and the Management of Crisis.

Carolin Behrmann

is leading the international research group “The Nomos of Images: Manifestation and Iconology of Law” at the Institute for Art History, Max Planck Institute, in Florence, Italy. After her studies in Tübingen, Bologna, and Berlin she worked and lectured at the Institute of Art and Visual Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. She completed her PhD in art history with a designated emphasis on legal history. Her book Tyrant and Martyr: Images and the History of Ideas of the Law Around 1600 (de Gruyter, 2015) analyzes the notion and presence of images in the history of legal ideas with a focus on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her scholarship involves the analysis of visual normativity from early modern to contemporary art, as well as the use of images in pedagogical and political contexts.

Rabia Belt

is Associate Professor at Stanford Law School and Professor of History (by Courtesy) at Stanford University. She is a legal historian who examines the relationship between people with disabilities and citizenship. She is at work on a book manuscript tentatively titled Disabling Democracy in America: Disability, Citizenship, Suffrage and the Law, 1819–1920. Rabia holds an AB in Social Studies from Harvard College, a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan.

Noa Ben-Asher

is Professor of Law in the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where she teaches family law, torts, and gender, law, and sexuality. Professor Ben-Asher is a graduate of Bar-Ilan University School of Law (LLB) and NYU School (p. xii) of Law (LLM, JSD). She writes about a range of issues at the intersection of law, humanities, and critical theory, including gender, sexuality, jurisprudence, emergency powers, and the culture wars.

Andrew Benjamin Bricker

is Assistant Professor of English Literature in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, in Belgium, and a Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the relationship between law and literature, especially during the early modern period and the eighteenth century. He is currently finishing a book about satire and the development of defamation law titled Libel and Lampoon: Satire in the Courts, 1670–1792.

Khiara M. Bridges

is Professor of Law at University of California Berkeley School of Law. Her scholarship concerns race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. She is the author of Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (University of California Press, 2011), The Poverty of Privacy Rights (Stanford University Press, 2017), and Critical Race Theory: A Primer (Foundation Press, 2019).

Ari Z. Bryen

is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies at Vanderbilt University, and Assistant Professor (by Courtesy) in the Vanderbilt Law School.

Bennett Capers

is Stanley A. August Professor at Brooklyn Law School. His academic interests include the relationship between race, gender, culture, and criminal justice, and he is a prolific writer on these topics. His articles and essays have been published or are forthcoming in leading law reviews, including the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review. He is an editor of Critical Race Judgments: Rewritten U.S. Court Opinions on Race and Law (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press) and author of The Prosecutor’s Turn (forthcoming from Metropolitan Books).

Hillary Chute

is Distinguished Professor of English, and Art + Design, at Northeastern University. Her books include Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press, 2010), Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form (Harvard University Press, 2016), and Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere (HarperCollins, 2017). She is also Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus and co-editor of Comics & Media: A Critical Inquiry Book. She is a columnist writing on comics and graphic novels for the New York Times Book Review.

Donald R. Davis, Jr.

is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions and Director of the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. His recent publications include (with Patrick Olivelle) Hindu Law: A New History of Dharmaśāstra (Oxford (p. xiii) University Press, 2018) and The Dharma of Business: Commercial Law in Medieval India (Penguin, 2017).

Sarah Deer,

a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Currently Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas, Deer is also Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals. Professor Deer has received recognition from the US Department of Justice and the American Bar Association for her work to end violence against Native people.

Doron Dorfman

is Associate Professor at Syracuse University College of Law. He conducts empirical research to explore a variety of issues in disability law and health law. Doron holds a JSD and a JSM from Stanford Law School, a BA in Communications, an LLB, and an LLM from the University of Haifa.

Rex Ferguson

is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Birmingham (UK). He is the author of Criminal Law and the Modernist Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and has published in journals such as Textual Practice, New Formations, Law and Humanities, and Critical Quarterly.

John Frow

is Professor of English at the University of Sydney. He is the author of numerous books and articles including Marxism and Literary History (1986), Time and Commodity Culture (1997), Genre (2006/2015), and Character and Person (2014). On Interpretive Conflict will appear in 2019.

Andrew Gilden

is Assistant Professor of Law at Willamette University College of Law, where he teaches copyright, Internet law, property, and trusts & estates. Professor Gilden writes about a range of issues at the intersection of law, culture, and technology, including intellectual property, gender and sexuality in cyberspace, outsider speech, and the inheritance of digital assets. He holds an AB in Anthropology and Economics from Brown University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Valérie Hayaert

is a classicist, historian, and humanist researcher of the early modern European tradition. Her particular interest lies in the mens emblematica, the humanist lawyers’ invention of woodcut depictions of legal and theological themes, in the tradition of playful seriousness or serio ludere. Her first book, “Mens emblematica” et humanisme juridique, was published in 2008. Her subsequent work looked at the aesthetics of justice in courthouses of the early modern period until today. She is currently a Research Associate at the IHEJ (Paris) and a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Law as Culture” at the University of Bonn.

Eric Heinze

is Professor of Law and Humanities at Queen Mary University of London. His books include Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2016); The Concept of Injustice (Routledge, 2013); The Logic of Constitutional Rights (Ashgate, 2005); The Logic of Liberal Rights (Routledge, 2003); The Logic of Equality (Ashgate, 2003); Sexual Orientation: A Human Right (Nijhoff, 1995); and Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights (editor, Ashgate, 2000). His articles (p. xiv) include pieces in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Modern Law Review, Ratio Juris, Legal Studies, Michigan Journal of International Law, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, and Journal of Social & Legal Studies.

Timothy Hyde

is Associate Professor in Architectural History and Theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on political dimensions of architecture from the eighteenth century to the present, with a particular attention to relationships of architecture and law. He is the author of Ugliness and Judgment: On Architecture in the Public Eye (Princeton University Press, 2019) and Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933–1959 (University of Minnesota Press, 2012).

Hyo Yoon Kang

teaches intellectual property at the University of Kent, Canterbury (UK). She holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute and a LLM. and BSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Her research interests are in knowledge techniques and transmissions, construction of value and valuation practices, notions of novelty, and creativity. She co-leads the AHRC Legal Materiality research network ( with Dr. Sara Kendall and is Partner to the ERC research project on Patents as Scientific Information (

Tal Kastner

is currently Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law. She writes about contract and the intersection of law, culture, and society, among other topics. She holds a PhD in English from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School and has practiced as a transactional attorney.

Suzanne Keen

works on narrative empathy. Her work draws on the novel, narrative theory, neuroscience, developmental and social psychology, and cognitive and emotion science. Her books include Thomas Hardy’s Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy’s Imagination (2014), Empathy and the Novel (2007), Narrative Form (2003, rev. and expanded 2nd ed., 2015), Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction (2001), and Victorian Renovations of the Novel (1998). Educated at Harvard and Brown Universities, she serves as VPAA and Dean of Faculty at Hamilton College, where she is Professor in the Department of Literature and Creative Writing.

Sarah Keenan

works at Birkbeck Law School, where she is co-director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law. Her research and teaching are at the intersection of legal and political theory, geography and post-colonial studies. Her book Subversive Property: Law and the Production of Spaces of Belonging (Routledge, 2015) engages with legal geography and feminist and critical race theory to offer an empirically grounded conceptualization of property as belonging in space.

Sara Kendall

is Senior Lecturer in International Law at the University of Kent, where she also serves as co-director for the Centre for Critical International Law. She completed her PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in the interdisciplinary rhetoric program, followed by a research position in international law at the University (p. xv) of Leiden. She has also taught in political science at the University of Amsterdam. Her research considers the discursive forms and material practices of international law and global governance, and she has published on topics in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and rule of law interventions.

Marett Leiboff

is Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of Wollongong (Australia). She is a jurisprudent who has been widely recognized for her work in the development of theatrical jurisprudence, based on her non-legal background in theater studies. This new jurisprudence uses the insights of theater theory and practice to interrogate what constitutes the formation of careful and considered legal interpreters able to notice when law reaches beyond justice, using history, biography, and different cultural forms to understand what happens when lawyers interpret legal texts, how non-legal experience affects that interpretation, and what this means for legal integrity. Her book Towards a Theatrical Jurisprudence was published by Routledge in 2019.

Henrike Manuwald

is Professor of Medieval German at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany). Her research covers the literature and the manuscript culture in German-speaking countries in the medieval period. She has a particular interest in the relationship between law and literature, documented, most recently, by a monograph on depictions of the trial of Jesus in medieval narratives (2018). She has also worked on legal images, especially in manuscripts of the Saxon Mirror.

Renisa Mawani

is Professor of Sociology and recurring Chair of the Law and Society Program at the University of British Columbia. She works in the fields of critical theory and colonial legal history and has published widely on law, colonialism, and legal geography. She is the author of two books, Colonial Proximities (2009) and Across Oceans of Law (2018). With Iza Hussin, she is co-editor of “The Travels of Law: Indian Ocean Itineraries” published in Law and History Review (2014); with Antoinette Burton, she is co-editor of Animalia: An Anti-Imperial Bestiary of Our Times (under contract with Duke University Press).

John P. McCormick

is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, and the author, most recently, of Reading Machiavelli: Scandalous Books, Suspect Engagements and the Virtue of Populist Politics (Princeton University Press, 2018).

Tracy McNulty

is Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. She is the author of The Hostess: Hospitality, Femininity, and the Expropriation of Identity (Minnesota University Press, 2007) and Wrestling with the Angel: Experiments in Symbolic Life (Columbia University Press, 2014). Currently she is completing a manuscript on the unconscious transmission of political acts, tentatively titled Emancipation by Relay: Freud in History. She has written about law in several different contexts, including Mosaic law traditions, law and constraint, sovereign decision, and contributions to legal theory by thinkers including Alain Badiou, Walter Benjamin, Immanuel Kant, and Jacques Lacan.

Panu Minkkinen

is Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Helsinki. In addition to themes at the intersection of law and the humanities such as literature and (p. xvi) the visual arts, Minkkinen’s research interests include the philosophical and historical origins of law in the human sciences as well as law’s affiliations with contemporary political theory.

Subha Mukherji

was educated in Calcutta, Oxford, and Cambridge. She teaches at the University of Cambridge and is Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded interdisciplinary project Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: The Place of Literature. She is the author of Law and Representation in Early Modern Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2006), General Editor of the series Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern Literature (Palgrave Macmillan), and editor or co-editor of five critical volumes and three forthcoming collections. Most recently, she edited and contributed to Blind Spots of Knowledge in Shakespeare and His World (Medieval Institute Publications, 2019). She is currently writing a monograph on Knowing Encounters in Early Modern Literature.

Sherally Munshi

is Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. Her current scholarship examines the relationship between immigration law and white nationalism from postcolonial and comparative perspectives.

Julie Stone Peters

is H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she teaches on a range of topics in the humanities, from drama, film, and media to law and culture. Her most recent book is Theatre of the Book: Print, Text, and Performance in Europe 1480–1880. She is currently working on a historical study of legal performance, theatricality, and spectatorship.

Heikki Pihlajamäki

is Professor of Comparative Legal History at the University of Helsinki. His research focuses on early modern and contemporary legal history. Pihlajamäki’s research is comparative, and he has written on the legal history of Scandinavia, Europe, and Latin America. Thematically, his research comprises historical aspects of procedural, criminal, private, and administrative law, in addition to which he has published on the history of the legal profession, and theory of legal history and comparative law.

Camille Gear Rich

is Professor of Law and Sociology at USC Gould School of Law and has been a member of the faculty for eleven years. Her teaching interests include constitutional law, family law, children and the law, and the First Amendment. She is the founder and Director of PRISM: The USC Initiative for the Study of Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Law. Rich is most widely known for her research on identity-formation structures in law that shape race, class, gender, and sexuality. Her research integrates feminist legal theory, critical race theory, masculinity studies, and whiteness studies. She is currently working on a book on race relations in the Trump era.

Justin Richland

is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California-Irvine and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. His publications have appeared in several leading peer-reviewed outlets; he has also authored two books on indigenous law, including Arguing with Tradition: The Language (p. xvii) of Law in Hopi Tribal Court. In 2016, he was named a J. S. Guggenheim Fellow and an adjunct curator of North American Anthropology at the Field Museum. He also serves as an Associate Justice on the Hopi Appellate Court.

Annelise Riles

is Associate Provost for Global Affairs, Executive Director of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, and Professor of Law and Anthropology at Northwestern University. Her scholarship spans a variety of areas including human rights, cultural differences, and the regulation of global financial markets. She founded and directs Meridian-180, a multilingual forum for transformative leadership. She received an AB from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, a MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

Stephen Robertson

is Professor of History and Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. He has published extensively on the history of sex crimes in the United States, including Crimes Against Children: Legal Culture and Sexual Violence in New York City, 1880–1960 (2005). With collaborators at the University of Sydney, he created Digital Harlem, a spatial analysis of everyday life in the 1920s, which won the American Historical Association’s 2010 Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History. His current research explores private investigation in the United States from the Civil War to World War II.

Julia Simon-Kerr

is Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her research focuses on how culture and history guide the law’s approach to credibility and lying. Professor Simon-Kerr also writes on law and literature, education law, and gender and the law.

Norman W. Spaulding

is Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He has published widely in the field of law and humanities, concentrating on the relationship between mass atrocity, collective memory, and legal interpretation.

Ellen Spolsky

is Professor Emerita at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). She is a literary theorist who explores the uses of cognitive theories for literary and cultural history. Her books include Gaps in Nature: Literary Interpretation and the Modular Mind (1993), Satisfying Skepticism: Embodied Knowledge in the Early Modern World (2001), Word vs Image: Cognitive Hunger in Shakespeare’s England (2007), and The Contracts of Fiction: Cognition, Culture, Community (2015). She has published articles on Shakespeare and on cognitive literary theory, including the influential “Darwin and Derrida: Cognitive Literary Theory as a Species of Post-Structuralism” (Poetics Today 23, no. 2 (2002)), arguing that both the survival of species and the emergence of sharable verbal meaning depend on fit in context.

Robert Spoo

is Chapman Distinguished Professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He was formerly editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and has published extensively on modern authors, law and literature, and copyrights and the public (p. xviii) domain. His book Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain (Oxford University Press, 2013) was praised in The Nation, London Times Literary Supplement, American Historical Review, and other venues. His latest book Modernism and the Law (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018) was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is co-editor, with Simon Stern, of the Law & Literature series with Oxford University Press.

Nomi M. Stolzenberg

is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale College. She holds the Nathan and Lilly Shapell Chair in Law at the University of Southern California law school. At USC, she helped to establish the USC Center for Law, History and Culture. She has written many articles on the subjects of law and liberalism and law and religion, and has investigated the related topics of legal fictions and facts on the ground, with a particular interest in legal fictions of paternity and property. Her work traverses the fields of political theory and the history of political thought, feminist theory, law and literature, and law and psychoanalysis.

Christopher Tomlins

is Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Affiliated Research Professor of the American Bar Foundation, Chicago. His research concentrates on Anglo-American legal history from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. His most recent books are Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2017), co-edited with Justin Desautels-Stein, The Oxford Handbook of Legal History (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-edited with Markus Dubber, and In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020).

Mariana Valverde

has most recently written Chronotopes of Law: Jurisdiction, Scale and Governance (Routledge, 2015) and Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2017). For the past few years her main research focus has been the governance of urban development, especially infrastructure public-private partnerships.

Cristina Vatulescu

is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. Her book, Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film and the Secret Police (Stanford University Press, 2010), a study of the relationships between cultural and policing practices in twentieth-century Eastern Europe, won the Heldt Prize and the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. She is also co-editor of The Svetlana Boym Reader (Bloomsbury, 2018) and a Perspectives on Europe special issue on “Secrecy” (2014). Her articles have appeared in Law & Literature, diacritics, Comparative Literature, Poetics Today, and the Brooklyn Rail. Cristina is currently working on a project entitled Silences, Fictions, Etc.: The Challenges of Reading an Archival Revolution.

Christopher N. Warren

is Associate Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. His research spans law and literature, early modern studies, print culture, the history of political thought, and digital humanities. Warren is the author of Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580–1680 (Oxford University Press, 2015), which won the 2016 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature. He is a member of the MLA’s executive committee for 17th-century English, and his articles have appeared in journals including (p. xix) Humanity, Law, Culture, and the Humanities, The European Journal of International Law, English Literary Renaissance, and Digital Humanities Quarterly.

Steven Wilf

is Anthony J. Smits Professor of Global Commerce at the University of Connecticut School of Law. A scholar of legal history and intellectual property law, he has published an array of books and articles on these subjects including The Law Before the Law (2008), Law’s Imagined Republic: Popular Politics and Criminal Justice in Revolutionary America (2010), and Fashioning Global Patent Cultures: Diversity and Harmonization in Historical Perspective (with Graeme Gooday, 2019).

Daniel Williams

is Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard College. He specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture and also works on the literature of contemporary South and Southern Africa. His current book manuscript explores uncertainty as a phenomenon in the nineteenth-century British novel, understood in the context of developments in science, philosophy, and the law. His articles and reviews have appeared, or are forthcoming, in journals including ELH, NOVEL, Studies in the Novel, Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Poetry, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Modern Language Notes, Comparative Literary Studies, Genre, Anglia, and Safundi. He is co-editing a special issue of Poetics Today on “Logic and Literary Form.”