Assistant Chair and Professor
Fields of Study: United States–19th Century, Labor, Legal
Office: Zulauf 605
Education: Ph.D., Rice University, 1992
My primary research and teaching interests are in the legal, labor, and social history of the nineteenth century United States. My current research concerns the legal historyof childhood
My primary research and teaching interests are in the legal, labor, and social history of the nineteenth-century United States. My current research concerns the legal history of childhood. My recent book, Industrial Violence and the Legal Origins of Child Labor was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. It examines the ways in which legal actions resulting from industrial accidents incurred by young people helped to shape the cultural meanings of child labor. The book was awarded the 2011 Philip Taft Labor History Prize. An article on the legal evolution of children's work over the course of the nineteenth century appeared in Law and History Review in 2005. My first book, Free to Work: Labor Law, Emancipation, and Reconstruction, 1815-1880 (1998), expored the effects of antebellum labor and social welfare policy on the outcome of emancipation and the development of a capitalist labor market. I am currently doing research on violence in nineteenth and early twentieth century schools.