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LAPA Fellow

Mary Dudziak

Former Fellow, 2002-2003
University of Southern California

699 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071
phone: 213-740-4789

While at LAPA
Mary L. Dudziak is the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law,  History and Political Science at the University of Southern California. She received a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978, a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1984, and a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale in 1992. She was a judicial law clerk for Judge Sam J. Ervin, III, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Dudziak began her teaching career at the University of Iowa College of Law in 1986. In 1997 she began teaching at the University of Southern California Law School. Her books include Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2000, second edition forthcoming 2011), and she has written extensively on civil rights history and American legal history. She was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award at USC in 2002 for Cold War Civil Rights. At LAPA, she began work on Exporting American Dreams:  Thurgood Marshall's African Journey (Oxford University Press, 2008), a transnational work exploring Thurgood Marshall's involvement in constitutional politics in Kenya in the years leading up to independence in 1963.  She also completed work on an edited interdisciplinary collection: September 11 in History:  A Watershed Moment? (Duke University Press, 2003).

Life after LAPA: 

After publishing her LAPA-related projects, Mary L. Dudziak turned to new work on war in American history.  She has two books under contract with Oxford University Press:  War-Time: A Critical History, which focuses on the role of ideas about war's temporality in American legal and political thought, and How War Made America:  A Twentieth Century History.  A related essay, "Law, War, and the History of Time," appears in the California Law Review (2010).  Another new essay,“A Sword and a Shield: The Uses of Law in the Bush Administration,” appears in The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment, Julian Zelizer, ed. (Princeton University Press, 2010).  She is Contributing Editor for an upcoming issue of the OAH Magazine of History on the 10th anniversary of September 11 (July 2011).  She is co-editor with Rogers Smith of a series on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism at the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Her work has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the School of Social Science, Instutute for Advanced Studies, Princeton.  She was the William Nelson Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in 2005-06, and a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Maryland Law School, fall 2008.  At USC, she teaches Constitutional Law, Equality and Liberty, The Constitution in the 20th Century, Law and War in the 20th Century, and other courses.

In 2006 Professor Dudziak launched the Legal History Blog, a leading legal scholarship blog.  She is active in professional organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors, American Society for Legal History, and on the Editoral Board of the Law and History Review.  She also serves as a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. For additional contact information, please click here.



Exporting American Dreams:  Thurgood Marshall's African Journey (Oxford University Press, 2008, paperback forthcoming Princeton University Press 2011)

Cold War Civil Rights:  Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton University Press 2000, second edition forthcoming 2011)

Co-editor, Legal Borderlands:  Law and the Construction of American Borders (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)

Editor, September 11 in History:  A Watershed Moment? (Duke University Press, 2003)

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