Executive Committee Member

Hendrik A. Hartog

Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty
Professor of History
Acting Director, Program in American Studies

214 Dickinson Hall
hartog@Princeton.EDU
phone: 609-258-4166; fax: 609-258-5326
Website
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Hendrik Hartog is the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University.  For a decade he directed Princeton’s Program in American Studies.  He is the author of Public Property and Private Power: the Corporation of the City of New York in American Law, 1730-1870 (1983); Man and Wife in America: a History (2000); and Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age (2012). Throughout his academic career, Hartog has focused his research and teaching on the social history of American law, and on the difficulties and opportunities that come with studying how broad political and cultural themes have been expressed in ordinary legal conflicts. In 2015, his book on marriage was cited in the majority opinion in Obergefeld v. Hodges, where the U.S. Supreme Court recognized same-sex marriage as a constitutional right.  In 2015-2016, he was the Lapidus Fellow at the New-York Historical Society, where he worked on two books about legal change in early nineteenth century New York and New Jersey.