Christine A. Desan

Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law

Representative Publications

Bibliography


Books


Inside Money: Re-Theorizing Liquidity ( Christine A. Desan ed., University of Pennsylvania Press forthcoming 2015).

New Histories of Capitalism in America (Sven Beckert & Christine A. Desan eds., Columbia University Press forthcoming 2015).

Desan, Christine A. Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Money in the Enlightenment ( Christine A. Desan ed., Bloomsbury Publishing Co. forthcoming).
(The Cultural History Series on Money, William Maurer, gen. ed)

Desan, Christine A. The Practice of Value: Paper Money and the Early American Political Economy (forthcoming).


Shorter Works in Collection


Desan, Christine A. "The Monetary Structure of Economic Activity" in Inside Money: Re-Theorizing Liquidity (Christine Desan ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2015).

Desan, Christine A. "Money as a Legal Project" in Money in the Western Legal Tradition ch. 1 (David Fox & Wolfgang Ernst eds., Oxford University Press, 2015).
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Desan, Christine A. "Law and the Economy of Early America: Markets, Institutions of Exchange, and Labor" in The Blackwell Companion to American Legal History 269 (Sally E. Hadden & Alfred L. Brophy eds., Wiley, 2013).
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Desan, Christine A. "Beyond Commodification: Contract and the Credit-Based World of Modern Capitalism" in Transformations in American Legal History: Law, Ideology, and Methods: Essays in Honor of Morton J. Horwitz, Volume II (Daniel W. Hamilton & Alfred L. Brophy eds., Harvard University Press, 2010).

Desan, Christine A. "Coin Reconsidered: The Political Alchemy of Commodity Money" in 11 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 287 (De Gruyter, 2010).
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Desan, Christine A. "Legislative Power" in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (Stanley N. Katz ed., Oxford University Press, 2009).

Desan, Christine A. "Contesting the Character of the Political Economy: Rights and Remedies in the Early Republic" in The House and the Senate in the 1790s: Petitioning, Lobbying, and Institutional Development (Kenneth R. Bowling & Donald R. Kennon eds., Ohio University Press, 2002).

Desan, Christine A. "Contesting the Character of the Political Economy in the Early Republic: Rights and Remedies in Chisholm v. Georgia" in Perspectives on the History of Congress, 1789-1801 (Kenneth R. Bowling & Donald R. Kennon eds., Ohio University Press, 2002).

Desan, Christine A. "Stephen G. Breyer" in The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies, 1789-1995 (Clare Cushman ed., Congressional Quarterly Books, 1995).


Articles in a Periodical


Desan, Christine A. "Decoding the Design of Money," Eur. Fin. Rev., Feb./Mar. 2015.
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Desan, Christine A. "Coin Reconsidered: The Political Alchemy of Commodity Money," 11 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 13 (2010).

Desan, Christine A. "From Blood to Profit: The Transformation of Value in the American Constitutional Tradition," 20 Journal of Policy History 26 (2008).

Desan, Christine A. "Money Talks: Listening to the Value of History," 6 Common-place (2006).
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Desan, Christine A. "The Market as a Matter of Money: Denaturalizing Economic Currency in American Constitutional History," 30 Law and Social Inquiry 1 (2005).
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Desan, Christine A. "Review," Law and History Review, Summer 2005 (reviewing Laura Jensen, Patriots, Settlers, and the Origins of American Social Policy ).
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Desan, Christine A. "Laura Jensen: Patriots, Settlers, and the Origins of American Social Policy," 23 Law and History Review 470 (2005) (book review).
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Desan, Christine A. "Out of the Past: Time and Movement in Making the Present," 39 Unbound 1 (2005).
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Desan, Christine A. "The Market As a Matter of Money: Denaturalizing Economic Currency," 1 Unbound: A Journal of Legal Reconstruction (2003).

Desan, Christine A. "The Constitutional Commitment to Legislative Adjudication in the Early American Tradition," 111 Harvard Law Review 1383 (1998).

Desan, Christine A. "The Constitutional Commitment to Legislative Adjudication in the Early American Tradition," 111 Harvard Law Review 1383 (1998).
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Desan, Christine A. "Remaking Constitutional Tradition at the Margin of the Empire: The Creation of Legislative Adjudication in Colonial New York," 16 Law and History Review 257 (1998).
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Desan, Christine A. "Writing Constitutional History Beyond the Institutional/Ideological Divide," 16 Law and History Review 391 (1998).
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Desan, Christine A. "Perfect Violence," 7 Journal of Law and Religion 99 (1989).


Articles in a Newspaper


Desan, Christine A. "Thinking Beyond the Big Box," Brookline Tab, July 30, 2008, Opinion.

Desan, Christine A. & Jane Manners. "A Model for Fair Campaigns," Boston Globe, Aug. 18, 2006, Opinion.


Reports or Studies


Desan, Christine A. & Moderator's Committee. "Campaign Finance Reform: Law, Problems, and Reform Strategies for Brookline, Massachusetts", Report of the Moderator's Committee (2006).

Desan, Christine A., Farlow Frank & Ravitz Randy. "Report on Campaign Finance Reform" (2006).
(Brookline Town Moderator's Committee)


Presentations


Desan, Christine A. Money as a Legal Claim: from Covenant to Contract (June 9, 2015).
(Invited Lecture, Workshop on Legal and Economic Theories of Liquidity, Collateral, and “Moneyness,” Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

Desan, Christine A. Musings on the Monetary Unit of Account (June 1, 2015).
(Conference on Money Design, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School)

Desan, Christine A. The Institutional Architecture of Capitalism: A Comment on Thomas Piketty (March 6, 2015).
(Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism, Harvard University)

Desan, Christine A. The Geography of Money in Britain and its Empire, 1690-1763 (Nov. 7, 2014).
(North American Conference on British Studies and Midwest Conference on British Studies, Minneapolis, MN)

Desan, Christine A. Introduction to Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism, Oxford University Press, 2014 (Nov.12, 2014).
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(Book Presentation and Commentary from Professors John Coates, Lauren Coyle, Duncan Kennedy, and Sir Paul Tucker, Harvard Law School)

Desan, Christine A. The Market Itself as Insider Trading (Oct. 10, 2014).
(Conference on Opportunities for Law’s Intellectual History, Buffalo Law School)

Desan, Christine A. Money as a Constitutional Project (Sept. 12, 2014).
(Money Talks Symposium, Yale University)

Desan, Christine A. The Pound Sterling and the Revolution in Money’s Design (June 17, 2014).
(Keynote, Symposium on Finance and Financial Law, Newcastle Law School, UK)

Desan, Christine A. Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism (June 10, 2014).
(Legal History Colloquium, University of Oxford, UK)

Desan, Christine A. The Revolution in Money’s Design (2014).
(Conference Panel on Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism (Oxford University Press))

Desan, Christine A. What Does Money Mean? World-Making through Currency and Credit (Nov. 24, 2013).
(American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C)

Desan, Christine A. Money as a Legal Institution (Oct. 31, 2013).
(Faculty Colloquium, University of Texas School of Law)

Desan, Christine A. What Was Medieval Money? (Sept. 16, 2013).
(Roundtable, Harvard University, Committee on Medieval Studies)

Desan, Christine A. Money as a Hierarchical System: Legal and Economic Perspectives (Sept. 12, 2013).
(Columbia Law School)

Desan, Christine A. Capitalism and its Discontents (June 3, 2013).
(Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School)

Desan, Christine A. Law and Money: An Alternative Approach to Law and Economics (June 3 - 7, 2013).
(Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School)

Desan, Christine A. Re-Theorizing Money: The Struggle over the Modern Imagination (paper presented at the Political Economy and Empire in the Early Modern World Conference at Yale Law School, May 3, 2013, University of Michigan Legal History Seminar, April 2, 2013, and University of Minnesota Legal History Seminar, March 1, 2013).

Desan, Christine A. Money As Governance (paper presented at Columbia Law School, January 25, 2013).

Desan, Christine A. Money as a Legal Project (August 13, 2012).

Desan, Christine A. Redefining Money: Home-Grown Credit, Traders' Silver, and the Struggle over the Modern Imagination (June 21, 2012).
(presented at the Conference on Money, Power, and Print)

Desan, Christine A. Reinventing Money: The Bank of England (June 21, 2012).
(paper presented at the Harvard Law School Faculty Workshop)

Desan, Christine A. The Construction of the Modern Monetary System & Instability in the Modern Monetary System (June 4 and 7, 2012).
(two lectures presented at the Institute for Global Law and Policy)

Desan, Christine A. The Monetary Structure of Economic Activity (June 3, 2012).
(paper presented at the Re-Theorizing Liquidity Pro-Seminar, Harvard Law School)

Desan, Christine A. From Silver and Gold to Booms and Busts: The Changing Dynamics of Money (Jan. 17, 2012).
(paper presented at the Harvard University Club)

Desan, Christine A. Liberal Fantasies: John Locke's Approach to Money (Jan. 4, 2012).
(paper presented at the American Historical Association, Chicago, IL)

Desan, Christine A. Reinventing Money (paper presented at the Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, November 1, 2012).

Desan, Christine A. Booms and Busts: The Legal Dynamics of Modern Money (Dec. 7, 2011).
(presentation at Occupy Harvard)

Desan, Christine A. The Currencies of Capitalism II: Money and Voice as Political Economic Media (Oct. 14, 2011).
(draft and presentation at the Historicizing Capitalism Conference, CNRS - Paris)

Desan, Christine A. The Legality of Money and the Nominalism Debate (Aug. 8, 2011).
(presentation at the Cambridge University Conference on Money in the Western Legal Tradition)

Desan, Christine A. The Legal Architecture of Monetary Integration: Part II (June 6, 7, and 8, 2011).
(three lectures presented at the Institute for Global Law and Policy)

Desan, Christine A. Coin and Credit in Medieval England (presented at the Transitions to Modernity Workshop, Yale University) (Oct. 19, 2010).

Desan, Christine A. Introduction to: Making Money: Coin, Credit, and the Coming of Capitalism in the Anglo-American World (presented at the HLS Faculty Workshop) (August 5, 2010).

Desan, Christine A. Making Money: Coin, Credit, and the Coming of Capitalism - Introduction (Aug. 5, 2010).
(paper presented at Harvard Law School, Faculty Workshop)

Desan, Christine A. The Legal Architecture of Monetary Integration (3 lectures, Institute of Global Law and Policy) (June 2, 3, and 11, 2010).

Desan, Christine A. The Legal Architecture of Monetary Integration (June 2, 3, and 11, 2010).
(three lectures presented at the Institute for Global Law and Policy)

Desan, Christine A. The Social Stratigraphy of Coin and Credit in Medieval England (presented at the Harvard Conference on "The Medieval World of Value: Money, Credit, and Consumption") (May 7, 2010).

Desan, Christine A. The Social Stratigraphy of Coin and Credit in Late Medieval England (May 7, 2010).
(paper presented at the Harvard Conference on the Medieval World of Value; originally presented at the Workshop on Transitions to Modernity, Yale University on Oct. 19, 2009)

Desan, Christine A. Capitalism Conference - Themes and Issues (Oct. 8, 2009).
(closing analysis, Harvard University Conference on Capitalism)

Desan, Christine A. The Conventional Mythology of Money (June 19, 2009).
(paper presented at the Hurst Institute for Legal History)

Desan, Christine A. Making Money: The Measure of the Market Reconsidered (Apr. 24, 2009).
(paper presented at the Program on American Studies, Princeton University)

Desan, Christine A. What Just Happened? What's Next? An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Current Economic Crisis (Apr. 15, 2009).
(presentation at the Harvard University Program of Justice, Welfare, and Economics)

Desan, Christine A. Legal Categories of Thought (Mar. 7, 2009).
(work presented at the Law and Mind Sciences Conference, Harvard Law School. Revised and presented at the Harvard Legal Forum on Apr. 29, 2009)

Desan, Christine A. Coin Reconsidered: The Political Alchemy of Commodity Money (Jan. 8, 2009).
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(paper presented at the Money Matters Cegla Conference, Tel Aviv)

Desan, Christine A. Beyond Commodification: Contract and the Credit-Based World of Modern Capitalism (Sept. 25, 2008).
(paper presented at Horwitz Conference, Harvard Law School)

Desan, Christine A. Reinventing Money: Coin, Bank Notes, and the Coming of Capitalism (June 2008).
(paper presented at Money, Power, and Print Conference, St. John, Newfoundland)

Desan, Christine A. The Practice of Value: An Overview (Feb. 11, 2008).
(draft and presentation at the Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism, Harvard University)

Desan, Christine A. From the Mercantilist World to the Market-Based Liberalism: Money as a Constitutional Medium (May 10, 2007).
(Maurice and Muriel Fulton Lecture in Legal History, University of Chicago Law School)

Desan, Christine A. History as a Critique (Mar. 17, 2007).
(comment presented at the Conference on Resistance and the Law, Unbound: A Journal of Legal Reconstruction, Harvard Law School)

Desan, Christine A. Reconceiving the Creation Story: Money, Credit, and the Advent of Capitalism (Nov. 18, 2006).
(work presented at the American Society of Legal History, and later at Harvard Law School on Mar. 15, 2007)

Desan, Christine A. The Margins of the Market: Law and Legitimacy in American Capitalism (Oct. 28, 2006).
(presentation given at the History of Capitalism Conference, Harvard University)

Desan, Christine A. The Currencies of Capitalism: The Course of Money and Rationality in Constructing a Political Economy (Sept. 30, 2006).
(draft and presentation at the Making Markets Conference, CNRS - Harvard Law School)

Desan, Christine A. Campaign Finance Reform at the Local Level, Brookline, Massachusetts, Public Hearing (June 26, 2006).

Desan, Christine A. ?Reconsidering the Creation Story: Money, Credit, and the Advent of Capitalism? (May 18, 2006).
(Presented at the American Seminar, Brown University, May 18, 2006, and at the Legal History Series, Boston College Law School, April 20, 2006)

Desan, Christine A. The Supreme Court and the Solomon Amendment (April 8, 2006).
(Comment for Conference on The Military and the Law School, Harvard Law School, April 8, 2006)

Desan, Christine A. The Supreme Court and the Solomon Amendment (April 8, 2006).
(Comment for Conference on The Military and the Law School, Harvard Law School, April 8, 2006)

Desan, Christine A. "From Blood to Profit: The Transformation of Value in the American Constitutional Tradition," (March 10, 2006).
(Work presented at the Boston University-Cambridge University Conference on the Constitution and Public Policy, March 10, 2006)

Desan, Christine A. Memorial for Kathryn Preyer (Nov. 12, 2005).
(Chair and Coordinator, Panel, American Society for Legal History)

Desan, Christine A. The Progress of Paper: A Working Currency for a Middling's Man's Market (Nov. 11, 2005).
(work presented at the American Society for Legal History)

Desan, Christine A. "Notes on Capitalism as a Constitutional Form" (Oct. 16, 2005).
(Work presented at Historicizing Capitalism Conference, Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 16, 2005)

Desan, Christine A. Mapping the Paper Money World of Early America: Geography, Climate, and Ecology (Feb. 2005).
(work presented at Washington University School of Law)

Bartholet, Elizabeth, James Cavallaro & Christine A. Desan. Open Letter to the U.S. Congress Concerning Human Rights Abuses at Abu Ghraib (June 16, 2004).

Desan, Christine A. The Many Laws of the Market: A Focus on American Localism (Mar. 2004).
(work presented at Harvard Law School Facutly Workshop, later presented for The Charles Warren Center for American History in May, 2004)

Desan, Christine A. Comment at "Regionalism, Commerce, and Imperial Governance in Early America, 1600-1800," American Society for Legal History, Washington, D.C (2004).

Desan, Christine A. Panel comment at "Progressive Lawyering: Theory and Practice," Harvard Law School for the journal Unbound (2001).

Desan, Christine A. The Many Laws of the Market: The Contrasting Constitutions of Capitalism and Early American Localism (2000).
(Presented at the American Society for Legal History, 2000, the University of Utah, 2001, New York University School of Law and Fordham University School of Law, 2002, and Boston University Legal History Workshop, 2003, and University of Wisconsin, School of Law and Department of History, 2004)

Desan, Christine A. Chair comment at "Roundtable on Liberalism," American Society for Legal History, Toronto, Canada (2000).

Desan, Christine A. The Debt Debates: Construction of a New Economic Order, Presented at Yale Law School History Colloquium (1999).

Desan, Christine A. The Colonial Posture: The Practice and Theory of Anti-Governmental Politics in American Constitutionalism (1998).
(Presented at Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, June 1998, Worcester, MA, and at American Society for Legal History, 1998, Houston, Tx)

Desan, Christine A. Panel comment at "Interpretation and Objectivity," Association of Amercian Law Schools, New Orleans, LA (1998).


Internet Publications


Desan, Christine A. ?Money Talks: Listening to a History of Value,? Common-Place 6:3 (April 1, 2006) (2006).
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Desan, Christine A. "Out of the Past: Time and Movement in Making the Present" (2005).
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Miscellaneous Publications


Letter from Elizabeth Bartholet, James Cavallaro, & Christine Desan, Faculty, Harvard Law School, to the U.S. Congress on Recent Human Rights Issues in Iraq (June 16, 2004).
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Representative Publications