(Virtual) Book Club, 2023-24



  • All Book Club conversations will be held via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, 6:00-7:00 pm (central).
  • Announcements will be circulated by email 2 weeks in advance. You must RSVP to receive the zoom link. RSVP Links will also be available on the members-only book club page.
  • Book Club conversations in Fall 2023 will be open to all, but beginning in January you must be a current ASLH member to attend. Be sure to update your membership!
  • Book Club events are structured as conversations. Authors will briefly introduce their book, then talk about it in conversation with an interlocutor (or another author in dual book sessions), before opening up the conversation to the audience.
  • There is no expectation that audience members will have read the book.


Please CLICK HERE to access the members-only Zoom links and view available videos. 


Schedule, 2023-24

Sept. 20  Rowan Dorin, No Return: Jews, Christian Usurers and the Spread of Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe (Princeton Univ. Press 2023) with Karl Shoemaker


October  No Book Club.  Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Oct. 26-28


Nov. 15  Margot Canaday, Queer Career: Sexuality and Work in Modern America (Princeton Univ. Press 2023) with Karen Tani


Dec. 13  Christian R. Burset, An Empire of Laws: Legal Pluralism in British Colonial Policy (Yale Univ. Press 2023) and Lisa Ford, The King’s Peace: Law and Order in the British Empire (Harvard Univ. Press 2021)


Jan. 17  Lyndsay Campbell, Truth and Privilege: Libel Law in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, 1820-1840 (Cambridge Univ. Press 2022) and Kristin A. Olbertson, The Dreadful Word: Speech Crime and Polite Gentlemen in Massachusetts, 1690-1776 (Cambridge Univ. Press 2022)


Feb. 21  Saumya Saxena, Divorce and Democracy: A History of Personal Law in Post-Independence India (Cambridge Univ. Press 2022) with Alastair McClure


Mar. 13  John Wertheimer, Race and Law in South Carolina: From Slavery to Jim Crow (Amherst College Press 2023) with Myisha Eatmon


April 10 Ada Kuskowski (Penn), Vernacular Law: Writing and the Reinvention of Customary Law in Medieval France (Cambridge University Press, 2023), with Adam Kosto

May 8 Kevin Kenny (NYU), The Problem of Immigration in a Slaveholding Republic: Policing Mobility in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Oxford University Press, 2023), with Karla McKanders.

  • This event will be a joint presentation of the ASLH and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society


June 12 Dylan Penningroth (Berkeley), Before the Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights (Liveright, 2023), with Sarah Barringer Gordon

Sept. 18 Dirk Hartog (Princeton), Nobody’s Boy and His Pals: The Story of Jack Robbins and the Boys’ Brotherhood Republic (University of Chicago Press, 2024), with Susanna Blumenthal


Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you there!

Questions?  Email Barbara Welke at welke004@umn.edu

A call for the Book Club events for April-Sept. 2024 will be posted in December

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