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Lea VanderVelde writes in the fields of work law, property law, American legal history, and constitutional law. She is currently using digital research technologies to examine American national expansion in the critical years before the Civil War. As principal investigator for The Law of the Antebellum Frontier project at the Stanford Spatial History Lab, she is analyzing the legal and cultural mechanisms at work in developing states out of U.S. territories. Understanding the discourse about state-building sheds light upon how empires expand and how American expansion into the Ohio and Mississippi river basins shaped American identity and the Reconstruction amendments. More about the project can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/spatialhistory/cgi-bin/site/project.php?id=1057. Professor VanderVelde has been actively engaged in the debate over the ALI’s recently promulgated Restatement of Employment Law. She organized and hosted the 2011 Experts Conference on the Restatement of Employment Law, held at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. She has taught at Yale Law School and the University of Pennsylvania and the Juridicum of the University of Vienna. In 2011 she was the Guggenheim fellow in Constitutional Studies.