People Archive

LAPA Fellow

Linda Przybyszewski

Former Fellow, 2002-2003
University of Notre Dame, Department of History

219 O'Shaughnessy Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

While at LAPA
Linda Przybyszewski is an associate professor of history at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1989. Her primary area of interest is the legal and intellectual history of the United States. She has written on the right to privacy, civil rights law, and gender issues. She is the author of The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan (University of North Carolina Press, 1999) and the editor of Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911 by Malvina Shanklin Harlan (Modern Library, 2002). Her current book project is entitled A Brooding Omnipresence: The Role of Religious Faith in American Legal Thought, 1829-1940. While at Princeton, she will be focusing on the history of the teaching of international law in the academy in the United States and the general population's view of international law and the peace movement.
Life after LAPA: 
Linda Przybyszewski is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. She is interested in how people have justified their invocations of the power and authority of the state, in particular how racial, moral, and religious reasoning have affected legal reasoning, both professional and popular. She is currently working on two projects. Her article "The Secularization of the Law and the Persistence of Religious Faith: The Case of Justice David J. Brewer" (Journal of American History, 2004) is part of a project examining the role of religious faith in the legal thought of ministers, doctors, and jurists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Przybyszewski is also working on a study of the Cincinnati Bible War, which began when city's school board ended Bible reading in 1869, in order to examine how sectarian thought affected conceptions of religious liberty in the late 19th century. She has held several national fellowships, most recently from the American Council of Learned Societies.