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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Michael Grossberg

Michael GrossbergMichael Grossberg is the Sally M. Reahard Professor of History and a professor of law at Indiana University. His research focuses on the relationship between law and social change, particularly the intersection of law and the family. He is the author of Governing the Hearth: Law and the Family in Nineteenth-Century America (1985), which won the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold Prize, and A Judgment for Solomon: The d’Hauteville Case and Legal Experience in Antebellum America (1996). He is a coeditor of American Public Life and the Historical Imagination (2003), The Cambridge History of Law in America (2008), and Reinventing Childhood after World War II (2011). He has been involved in several family policy research projects such as an initiative to create guidelines for genetic testing in child custody cases and has coauthored friend-of-the-court briefs in support of marital equality. He has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Newberry Library, and the American Bar Foundation, and has been a fellow at the National Humanities Center and a visiting scholar in the child studies department at Linköping University, Sweden. Grossberg edited the American Historical Review from 1995 to 2005 and is a past president of the American Society for Legal History. He is currently working on a study of child protection in the United States that will analyze the development of policies such as child labor, juvenile justice, censorship, disabilities, and child abuse from the 1870s to the present.

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