OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Amy Dru Stanley

Portrait of Amy Dru Stanley

Amy Dru Stanley is a professor of history at the University of Chicago, where she works on the history of slavery and emancipation, law, political economy, human rights, and gender. She is especially interested in the historical experience of moral problems. Her writing has appeared in publications ranging from the Journal of the American History and the American Historical Review to the New York Times, the Nation, and Dissent. She is the author of From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation (1998), which won the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Prize, the OAH Avery O. Craven Award, and the Morris D. Forkosch Prize. She has received numerous fellowships from institutions including the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the American Bar Foundation, and the New York University Law School. She has also been awarded the University of Chicago's Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. She is currently completing a book project entitled "From Slave Emancipation to the Commerce Power: An American History of Human Rights."

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