Curriculum Vitae

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History, Dickinson Hall Room 129
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1029

EDUCATION

PhD, American History, Princeton University (2016)

  • Fields: United States, 1815-1920; American Legal History; Trans-Atlantic Religious History
  • Dissertation: The Lawyers’ Code: The Transformation of American Legal Practice

JD, Yale Law School (2014)

  • Yale Law Journal, senior editor
  • Yale Law & Policy Review, submissions editor
  • Clinic: Education Adequacy Project
  • Research Assistant, Prof. John Witt, the laws of war in American history

BA, History, MA, Church History, Bob Jones University (2007, 2009)

  • summa cum laude

 

FELLOWSHIPS, SEMINARS & GRANTS

Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellow, Princeton University (2015-2016)
Graduate Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University (2015-2016)
Fellow, Hurst Institute for Legal History, University of Wisconsin Law School (2015)
Legal History Fellow, Yale Law School (2014-2015)
William Nelson Cromwell Fellowship, American Society for Legal History (2013)

Invited Participant, Max-Planck Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte (2015)
Invited Participant, Summer Research Seminar at Stanford Law School: Religion and the Constitution, Institute for Constitutional History (2015)

American Studies Graduate Research Prize, Princeton University (2015)
Littleton-Griswold Research Grant, American Historical Association (2014)
Hugh Davis Graham Award, Institute for Political History (2014)
Nathan E. Mag Scholarship for Joint-Degree Students, Yale Law School (2013)
Shelby Collum and Kathryn Davis Prize, History, Princeton University (2011, 2012)
Charles Redd Center Graduate Student Summer Award (2012, 2014)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Law Clerk, Judge Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Expected Fall 2017-2018, Washington, D.C.

Law Clerk, Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Expected Fall 2016-2017, Houston, TX

Teaching Assistant, Civil Procedure & Advanced Civil Litigation, Yale Law School
Fall & Spring Terms, 2013-2014, New Haven, CT

Legal Associate, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Summer 2013, New York, NY

Legal Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Summer 2011, Washington, D.C. & Brussels, Belgium

Teaching Assistant, Department of English Language & Literature, Bob Jones University
Fall & Spring Terms, 2007-2009, Greenville, SC

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Shall These Bones Live? Property, Pluralism, and the Constitution of Evangelical Reform,” Law & Social Inquiry, forthcoming.

“Equity without Chancery: The Fusion of Law and Equity in the Field Code of Civil Procedure, New York 1846-76,” Journal of Legal History, 36, no. 2 (2015): 152-91.

  • Awarded the Joseph Parker Prize for best paper in legal history at Yale Law School, 2012

“Let No Man Put Asunder”: South Carolina’s Law of Divorce, 1895-1950,” South Carolina Historical Magazine, 110, nos. 3-4 (2009): 134-153.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Codification, Transplants and History: Law Reform in Louisiana and Quebec, by John W. Cairns, Rechtsgeschichte, forthcoming.

Making Religion Safe for Democracy, by J. Judd Owen, Journal of Law and Religion, forthcoming.

 

PAPERS IN PROGRESS

“The Faith of the Lawyer is Much Akin to That of the Theologian: The Theological Framework of the American Codification Controversy”

  • Awarded the Thomas I. Emerson Prize for best paper on the topic of legislation at Yale Law School, 2014

“‘This Stone Which I Erect Shall Be a House of God’: Disestablishment and Religious Corporations in New York, 1784-1854”

 

PRESENTATIONS

No Foundation in the Nature of Things: American Controversies over the Fusion of Law and Equity, paper presented at the Australia & New Zealand Legal History Conference, December 2015.

The Protestant Framework of American Codification, paper presented at the Religion & Public Life Forum, Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, September 2015, Michael Thate, commentator.

The Lawyers’ Code: The Transformation of American Legal Practice, presented at the Summer Academy for European Legal History, Max-Planck Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, August 2015.

No Foundation in the Nature of Things: The Curious Persistence of American Equity, paper presented at the Hurst Summer Institute for Legal History, June 2015.

“This Stone Which I Erect Shall Be a House of God”: Church Corporations and the Conflict of Law in Antebellum America, paper presented at the Princeton University Religious History Workshop, November 2014, Kurt Karandy, commentator.

Mere Machinery and Arbitrary Regulation: The Politics of Lawyering and the Creation of Civil Procedure in New York, 1846-1850, paper presented at the American Society for Legal History annual conference, November 2014, Roman Hoyos, commentator.

The Faith of the Lawyer is Much Akin to That of the Theologian: The Theological Framework of the American Codification Controversy, paper presented at the Modern American Workshop, Princeton University, September 2014, Jane Manners, commentator.

“This Stone Which I Erect Shall Be a House of God”: Disestablishment and Religious Corporations in New York, 1784-1854, paper presented at the History Project conference on Commerce, Corporations, and the Law, Princeton University, September 2013, Sunil Amrith, commentator.

“This Stone Which I Erect Shall Be a House of God”: Disestablishment and Religious Corporations in New York, 1784-1854, paper presented at the New Worlds of Faith conference, University of Pennsylvania, June 2013, Sarah Barringer Gordon, commentator.

“This Stone Which I Erect Shall Be a House of God”: Disestablishment and Religious Corporations in New York, 1784-1854, paper presented at the Religion and Law Conference, Florida State University, March 2013, Ann Duncan, commentator.

“Let No Man Put Asunder”: South Carolina’s Law of Divorce, 1895-1950, paper presented at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Historical Association, March 2008, Marcia G. Synnott, commentator.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE / DEVELOPMENT

Reviewer, Law & History Review (2014-present)

Participant, “Constituting Federalism,” Institute for Constitutional History Seminar, February 2014 (Judith Resnik & Vicki Jackson, chairs)

Participant, “Revolutionary Origins of the American Constitution,” Institute for Constitutional History Seminar, March 2012 (Pauline Maier & Richard Bernstein, chairs)

Steering Committee, Public History Initiative, Princeton University, 2012-2013

 

ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIPS

American Historical Association
American Society for Legal History
American Society of Church History
Conference on Faith and History
Organization of American Historians
Selden Society

 

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

New York