Great Speakers for Legal Audiences

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Click on a speaker for more information. Witt and Dudziak photos courtesy Emory University School of Law.

Whether you're planning a public lecture, a conference, or a continuing legal education (CLE) event, the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program can connect you with top-notch American historians.

OAH Lecturers engage legal audiences

OAH Distinguished Lecturers address all aspects of U.S. history, visiting law schools as well as colleges, libraries, museums, and historical societies around the country. For example:

Sally Barringer Gordon spoke on school prayer and constitutional law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Chief Justice (Ret.) Frank J. Williams spoke on "Abraham Lincoln as a Lawyer" during a CLE panel sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association.

National Book Award winner Kevin Boyle spoke about the Ossian Sweet case to an annual dinner hosted by the labor and employment section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Lori D. Ginzberg discussed women's suffrage at an American Bar Association workshop for teachers in Washington, D.C., cosponsored with the Federal Judicial Center's History Office.

OAH Lecturers address topical themes

OAH Distinguished Lecturers can provide context for current events, addressing topics of interest to legal as well as general audiences:

OAH Lecturers illuminate legal and constitutional history

The speakers below specialize in American legal and constitutional history:


Christopher Agee

Christopher Agee
University of Colorado Denver

Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed Amar
Yale Law School

William A. Blair

William A. Blair
Penn State University

Terry Bouton

Terry Bouton
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Kevin Boyle

Kevin Boyle
Northwestern University

Barry Bradford

Barry Bradford
Independent historian

Holly Brewer

Holly Brewer
University of Maryland

Mark Brilliant

Mark Brilliant
University of California, Berkeley

Alfred L.  Brophy

Alfred L. Brophy
University of Alabama

Orville Vernon Burton

Orville Vernon Burton
Clemson University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Emeritus)

Ballard C. Campbell

Ballard C. Campbell
Northeastern University (Emeritus)

Christopher Capozzola

Christopher Capozzola
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Has Video Presentation

George Chauncey

George Chauncey
Columbia University

Mary Marshall Clark

Mary Marshall Clark
Columbia University

Saul Cornell

Saul Cornell
Fordham University

Jane E. Dailey

Jane E. Dailey
University of Chicago

Adrienne D. Davis

Adrienne D. Davis
Washington University

Cornelia H. Dayton

Cornelia H. Dayton
University of Connecticut

Bruce J. Dierenfield

Bruce J. Dierenfield
Canisius College and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Mary L. Dudziak

Mary L. Dudziak
Emory University
 Has Video Presentation

Lynn Dumenil

Lynn Dumenil
Occidental College (Emeritus)

Laura F. Edwards

Laura F. Edwards
Duke University

Todd Estes

Todd Estes
Oakland University

Paul Finkelman

Paul Finkelman
Gratz College

Neil Foley

Neil Foley
Southern Methodist University

Ernest Freeberg

Ernest Freeberg
University of Tennessee

François Furstenberg

François Furstenberg
Johns Hopkins University
 Has Video Presentation

Malick W. Ghachem

Malick W. Ghachem *
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Maine

Risa L. Goluboff

Risa L. Goluboff
University of Virginia

Sarah Barringer Gordon

Sarah Barringer Gordon
University of Pennsylvania
 Has Audio Presentation

Eliga H. Gould

Eliga H. Gould
University of New Hampshire

Michael S. Green

Michael S. Green
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Ariela J. Gross

Ariela J. Gross
University of Southern California

Kali Nicole Gross

Kali Nicole Gross
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Michael Grossberg

Michael Grossberg
Indiana University

Sharon Harley

Sharon Harley
University of Maryland, College Park

Alexandra Harmon

Alexandra Harmon
University of Washington

Hendrik Hartog

Hendrik Hartog
Princeton University

Joan Hoff

Joan Hoff
Montana State University, Bozeman

Peter Charles Hoffer

Peter Charles Hoffer
University of Georgia

Pippa Holloway

Pippa Holloway
Middle Tennessee State University

Frederick E. Hoxie

Frederick E. Hoxie
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Sarah E. Igo

Sarah E. Igo
Vanderbilt University

Benjamin H. Irvin

Benjamin H. Irvin
Indiana University

Martha S. Jones

Martha S. Jones
Johns Hopkins University
 Has Video Presentation

Peniel E. Joseph

Peniel E. Joseph
University of Texas at Austin

Andrew W. Kahrl

Andrew W. Kahrl
University of Virginia

Peter Karsten

Peter Karsten
University of Pittsburgh

Stanley N. Katz

Stanley N. Katz
Princeton University
 Has Video Presentation

Kathi Kern

Kathi Kern
University of Kentucky

Alexander Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar
Harvard University

Michael J. Klarman

Michael J. Klarman
Harvard University

J. Morgan Kousser

J. Morgan Kousser
California Institute of Technology

Elizabeth D. Leonard

Elizabeth D. Leonard
Colby College
 Has Video Presentation

Allan J. Lichtman

Allan J. Lichtman
American University

Maeva Marcus

Maeva Marcus
New-York Historical Society and George Washington University
 Has Video Presentation

Kate Masur

Kate Masur
Northwestern University

Serena Mayeri

Serena Mayeri
University of Pennsylvania

Ajay K. Mehrotra

Ajay K. Mehrotra
American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University School of Law and History Department

Natalia Molina

Natalia Molina
University of California, San Diego and California Humanities

Maria E. Montoya

Maria E. Montoya
New York University and New York University Shanghai

David M. Oshinsky

David M. Oshinsky
New York University

Dylan C. Penningroth

Dylan C. Penningroth
University of California Berkeley

Dwight T. Pitcaithley

Dwight T. Pitcaithley
New Mexico State University
 Has Audio Presentation

Patrick Rael

Patrick Rael
Bowdoin College

Leslie J. Reagan

Leslie J. Reagan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ellen Schrecker

Ellen Schrecker
Yeshiva University (Emeritus)

Donna C. Schuele

Donna C. Schuele
California State University, Los Angeles and UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Daniel J. Sharfstein

Daniel J. Sharfstein
Vanderbilt University

Sheila L. Skemp

Sheila L. Skemp
University of Mississippi (Emeritus)

Amy Dru Stanley

Amy Dru Stanley
University of Chicago

Thomas J. Sugrue

Thomas J. Sugrue
New York University
 Has Audio Presentation

William G. Thomas III

William G. Thomas III
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 Has Video Presentation

Phil Tiemeyer

Phil Tiemeyer
Kansas State University

Lea VanderVelde

Lea VanderVelde
University of Iowa

Michael Vorenberg

Michael Vorenberg
Brown University

Barbara Y. Welke

Barbara Y. Welke
University of Minnesota

Leigh Ann Wheeler

Leigh Ann Wheeler
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Jonathan W. White

Jonathan W. White
Christopher Newport University
 Has Video Presentation

Frank J. Williams

Frank J. Williams
Supreme Court of Rhode Island

Michael Willrich

Michael Willrich
Brandeis University

John Fabian Witt

John Fabian Witt
Yale University

Victoria Saker Woeste

Victoria Saker Woeste
American Bar Foundation

Alice Yang

Alice Yang
University of California, Santa Cruz

Rosemarie Zagarri

Rosemarie Zagarri
George Mason University
 Has Video Presentation