University of Wisconsin–Madison

Legal History Fellowship

From 1980-2008 the University of Wisconsin Law School offered a research fellowship in American legal history. The J. Willard Hurst Fellowship was designed to support a scholar at an early stage in her or his career when, under prevailing circumstances, career pressures or a teaching load might divert the individual away from research. Each Fellow was appointed by the Law School's Institute for Legal Studies for a one-year term with the option to renew the fellowship for an additional year. The fellowship, which included a modest stipend, provided the selected scholar with study space at the Law School, access to University resources, and the opportunity to interact with a thriving intellectual community at the University of Wisconsin law school and history department.  Alumni of the fellowship program are now teaching at major universities and have been recognized for their scholarship.

Legal History Fellows

R. Ben Brown  Legal Studies Program, University of California-Berkeley
Elizabeth Clark (Deceased) Boston University Law School
Andrew Wender Cohen (1997-99) Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Daniel R. Ernst (1987-88) Georgetown University Law Center
Elizabeth Hovey  (1994-95) Independent Scholar
Gwen Hoerr Jordan (2005-08) Northern Illinois University Law School
Andrea G. McDowell (2000-02) Seton Hall University School of Law
William J. Novak  (1989-90) Department of History, University of Chicago
Linda C.A. Przbyszewski (1990-91) Department of History, University of Notre Dame
Leslie J. Reagan (1990-91) Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Honor Sachs (2002-04) Department of History, Yale University
John William Sayer Independent Scholar
Clyde Spillenger (1991-92) University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
William H. Thomas, Jr. (2004-05) Lewis and Clark Community College, St. Louis

Law and Society Post-doctoral Fellowship

In 2008, the Law School began a new Law and Society Fellowship program open to scholars in legal history and other disciplines. 

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