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Jones, Martha S.

Affiliated LSA Faculty
Winter 2016

966 Legal Research
734.764.8909
E-mail msjonz@umich.edu

Prof. Martha S. Jones is a member of the Law School's Affiliated LSA Faculty and associate professor of history and associate chair of U-M's Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. She is codirector of the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History. She holds a PhD in history from Columbia University and a JD from the CUNY School of Law. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, she was a public interest litigator for the HIV Law Project and MFY Legal Services, where her work focused on the rights of people with disabilities. In 1994, she was a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of the City of New York at Columbia University in recognition of her lawyering work. Her scholarly interests include the histories of race, citizenship, and slavery. Prof. Jones is the author of numerous articles and essays and the critically acclaimed All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900 (The University of North Carolina Press, 2007). Her current projects include two books: Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America and Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women. Prof. Jones has received broad support and recognition for her work. At times, that recognition has come in the form of research grants and writing fellowships. In 2013-2014, her work was supported by the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Humanities Center, where she was the William C. and Ida Friday Fellow. She also has held fellowships from the Columbia University Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, University of Pennsylvania Law School, National Constitution Center, Organization of American Historians, Library Company of Philadelphia, and Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History. In 2010, Prof. Jones was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians. In 2011 and 2013, respectively, the University of Michigan honored her with the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship.

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Recent Publications


Co-author. "Historians' Forum: The Emancipation Proclamation." K. Masur, L. Masur, J. Oakes, and M. Sinha, Civil War History 59, no. 1 (Forthcoming).​

​"Emancipation's Encounters: Seeing the Proclamation Through Soldiers' Sketchbooks." J. Civil War Era (Forthcoming).​

Overturning Dred Scott: Race, Rights, and Ritual in the Antebellum United States (Forthcoming).

​"The Case of Jean Baptiste, un Créole de Saint-Domingue: Narrating Slavery, Freedom, and the Haitian Revolution in Baltimore City." In The American South and the Atlantic World, edited by B. Ward, M. Bone, and W. A. Link, 104-28. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013.
Full Text: SSRN

​"Hughes v. Jackson: Race and Rights Beyond Dred Scott." N. C. L. Rev. 91, no. 5 (2013): 1757-84.
Full Text: SSRN | Lexis | Westlaw

Professor

Activities

Participated in the Presumptions, Realities, and Strategies: Women of Color Faculty and the University Classroom Roundtable, University of Michigan, April 2015.​

Presented "The Children of Loving v. Virginia: Living at the Intersection of Law and Mixed-Race Identity," Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, January 2015.​

Elected to the American Society for Legal History's Nominating Committee and named a co-chair of the 2015 Program Committee during the Society's annual meeting, November 2014.​

Participated in "Privacy and Identity in a Hyperconnected Society," University of Michigan Presidential Inauguration symposium, Ann Arbor, September 2014.​

Presented "Proclaiming Emancipaton: Interpreting Slavery's Abolition through Visual Culture," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Boston, June 2013.

Presented "One Hand Upon the Constitution and the Other Upon the Discipline of the Church": Church, State, and Citizenship in Antebellum Baltimore," Religion Department, Princeton University, February 2013.

Presented "The Illogics of Race and Law in the Nineteenth Century United States," Systèmes de castes et systèmes esclavagistes, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH), Paris, France, December 2012.

Presented "Popote: A Life History of Slavery and Law and the Haitian Diaspora," Early American Biographies, The Omohundro Institute and the University of Southern California-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Institute, The Huntington Library, Los Angeles, California, June 2012.

Presented "The Right to Travel: From the Baltimore City Courthouse to the U.S. Supreme Court," Black History Month meeting, Library Company of the Baltimore Bar, Baltimore, Maryland, February 2012.

 
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