Cromwell Dissertation Prize

Cromwell Dissertation Prize for 2014

The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation has generously funded a dissertation prize of $5,000. The winning dissertation may focus on any area of American legal history, including constitutional and comparative studies, but topics dealing with the colonial and early national periods will receive some preference. Anyone who received a Ph.D. in 2014 will be eligible for this year’s prize. The Foundation awards the prize after a review of the recommendation of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee of the American Society for Legal History.

To be considered for this year’s prize, please send one hard-copy to each of the following members of the subcommittee for the dissertation prize by May 30, 2015.

Cromwell Dissertation Prize Advisory Subcommittee

John D. Gordan, III, Chair, Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee
1133 Park Avenue
New York, NY, 10128

Christian G. Fritz, Chair, Cromwell Dissertation Prize Advisory Subcommittee
Emeritus Professor of Law
University of New Mexico School of Law
8355 Kent Court
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Alison LaCroix
Professor of Law
University of Chicago Law School
1111 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Catharine MacMillan
Professor of Law and Legal History
School of Law
University of Reading
Foxhill House
Whiteknight’s Road
Earley, Readingt RG6 7BA
United Kingdom

Christopher W. Schmidt
Professor of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W. Adams St., Room 755
Chicago, IL 60661

Past Recipients

YearWinner
2013Hidetaka Hirota, for “Nativism, Citizenship, and the Deportation of Paupers in Massachusetts, 1837-1883.”
2012Laura M. Weinrib (Princeton University)
2011Cynthia Nicoletti for “The Great Question of the War: The Legal Status of Secession in the Aftermath of the American Civil War, 1865-1869”.
2010Anna Leah Fidelis T. Castañeda, "Creating Exceptional Empire: American Liberal Constitutionalism and the Construction of the Constitutional Order of the Philippine Islands, 1898-1935"—a dissertation submitted for the SJD degree at Harvard University in 2009.
2009Jed Shugerman, “The People's Courts: The Rise of Judicial Elections and Judicial Power in America”—a dissertation submitted for a Ph.D. at Yale University in 2008
2008Diana Williams for “They Call It Marriage”: the Louisiana Interracial Family and the Making of American Legitimacy—a dissertation submitted for a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2007
2007Christopher Beauchamp for The Telephone Patents: Intellectual Property, Business and the Law in the United States and Britain , 1876-1900—a dissertation submitted for a Ph.D. at Cambridge University in 2006.