Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1994
Fields: American Legal, 19th and 20th-Century U.S. and Southern
Office: Cherry Hall 206
Phone: (270) 745-5098
My recent work on law, culture, and rights includes "Law, Culture, and History: The State of the Field at the Intersections," American Journal of Legal History (March 2016); "'The State of Slavery': Somerset, The Slave Grace, and the Rise of Pro-Slavery and Anti-Slavery Constitutionalism in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World," Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies (June 2015); and "A Legal Tourist in the Courts of London: Henry Marchant's 1771-72 London Diary and the Case of Somerset v. Stewart," Law and History Review (with Sally E. Hadden), (February 2011). I am co-editor (with Sally E. Hadden) of Signposts: New Directions in Southern Legal History (University of Georgia Press, 2013) which includes my essay, "Race, Property Rights, and Negotiated Space in the American South: A Reconsideration of Buchanan v. Warley" (345-368) and the introduction to the volume. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Legal History and on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. I served as the inaugural chair of the WKU University Senate from 2000-2001 and from 2007 to 2014 I served as the elected Faculty Regent on the WKU Board of Regents.