Cromwell Dissertation Prize

Cromwell Dissertation Prize for 2016

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; topics dealing with the colonial and early national periods will receive some preference. Anyone who received a Ph.D. in 2015 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 of the dissertation and the curriculum vitae of its author to John D. Gordan, III, Chair of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee, and each member of the Cromwell Dissertation Prize Advisory Subcommittee with a postmark no later than May 30, 2016.

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

Anders Walker, Chair, Cromwell Dissertation Prize Advisory Subcommittee
Saint Louis University School of Law
100 North Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63101

Alison LaCroix
University of Chicago School of Law
1111 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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

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




Past Recipients

2015Sarah Levine-Gronningsater, “Delivering Freedom: Gradual Emancipation, Black Legal Culture, and the Origins of Sectional Crisis in New York, 1759-1870," a dissertation submitted for a Ph.D. at University of Chicago.
2014Elisa Martia Alvarez Minoff for “Free to Move? The Law and Politics of Internal Migration in Twentieth-Century America,” a dissertation submitted for a Ph.D. at Harvard University
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, “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.