Alison LaCroix

Visiting Professor of Law

Fall 2016


Alison LaCroix is Robert Newton Reid Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She is also an Associate Member of the University of Chicago Department of History. Professor LaCroix received her B.A. summa cum laude in history from Yale University in 1996 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1999. She received her Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 2007. Before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 2006, she was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law. From 1999 to 2001, she practiced in the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. While in law school, Professor LaCroix served as Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities.

Professor LaCroix is the author of The Ideological Origins of American Federalism (Harvard University Press, 2010). She is the co-editor of two volumes: Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel (Oxford University Press, 2012) (with Martha C. Nussbaum) and Fatal Fictions: Crime and Investigation in Law and Literature (Oxford University Press, 2017) (with Richard H. McAdams and Martha C. Nussbaum). She is the recipient of a three-year fellowship from the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for a project titled “Historical Semantics and Legal Interpretation” (with Jason Merchant, University of Chicago Department of Linguistics). Professor LaCroix is currently working on a book on American constitutional discourse between 1815 and 1861 titled The Interbellum Constitution: Union, Commerce, and Slavery From the Long Founding Moment to the Civil War (under contract, Yale University Press).

Professor LaCroix is a member of the board of directors of the American Society for Legal History and a member of the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Legal History. Her teaching and research interests include legal history, constitutional law, civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, law and linguistics, and law and literature.

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