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Area of Interest

Legal History

Explore the breadth and depth of the USC Gould School of Law’s faculty expertise, research impact, thought leadership, and academic program offerings in legal history.



Faculty in the News

  • New national gun law doesn’t come close to addressing the danger | The Hill
    The Hill
  • Tax History: Soaking The Forgotten Man: Why New Dealers Taxed The Middle Class
  • The Satmar shtetl as American as apple pie - The Jewish Chronicle
    The Jewish Chronicle

Clinics, Centers and Institutes

Recent Research & Scholarship

  • "Death Penalty Abolitionism From the Enlightenment to Modernity," American Journal of Comparative Law (2023).

    September 11, 2023
  • “Revolutionary Criminal Punishments: Treason, Mercy, and the American Revolution” won the 2022 Alfred L. Brophy prize from the American Journal of Legal History. The Brophy prize is awarded annually to the article or other contribution in the journal that most significantly breaks new ground and adds new insights to the study and understanding of United States legal history.

    September 7, 2022
  • “Commentary on ‘The Dialectics of Cooptation and Resistance in State Legal Pluralism’,” Conference on Rethinking Legal Pluralism, USC Center for Law History and Culture, Los Angeles, CA.

    May 2, 2022