Law and the Black Church, 1865-1940

Dylan Penningroth, Northwestern University

Mon, 12/05/2011
Noon, Stanhope Hall, Seminar Room 101
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event
Princeton University Community: Faculty, Fellows, Students, Staff

The Workshop in American Studies brings together students and faculty from the wide range of departments that contribute to the Program in American Studies. By encouraging a diversity of topics from researchers from a variety of departments, we hope the Workshop highlights the advantages of the "in-between" disciplinary space that American Studies inhabits at Princeton. Our goal is to provide a forum where presenters can receive feedback from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives and participants can be exposed to new methodologies and new topics for research. Moreover, we hope to foster a community of advanced undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who share in the common project of researching the American experience.

The format of the workshop is that the speaker introduces the paper for ten minutes and then we open up the floor to questions.  Copies of the papers are made available outside the American Studies office, 42 McCosh Hall.

Dylan Penningroth (PhD, Johns Hopkins 1999) works in African American history and in U.S. social and legal history. He is affiliated with Northwestern’s Department of African American Studies, and holds a joint appointment as Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. Before coming to Northwestern, he taught at the University of Virginia (1999-2002). He has worked in a variety of areas of American history: on the history of black family and community life, on the ownership of property by slaves, and on ideologies of slavery in the U.S. and Ghana. His work has been honored with the Allan Nevins Prize, the Huggins-Quarles Prize, the Avery Craven Prize, the EbscoHost/America, History and Life prize, and grants from the NEH and NSF. He is the author of The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South (2003). His work has appeared in the Journal of American History, the American Historical Review, and the Journal of Family History. In 2008, he received a Wayne V. Jones Research Professorship, and a Weinberg College Teaching Award. From 2008-2011, he is serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of American History.

As lunch is provided at noon workshops, reservations are requested.  Please contact the AMS Program office, 42 McCosh Hall, 258-4710, or email