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Jones, Martha S.

Affiliated LSA Faculty

966 Legal Research

Professor Martha S. Jones is a Presidential Bicentennial Professor, professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studies, and a member of the Affiliated LSA Faculty at the Law School, where she directs the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History. Her scholarly interests include the history of race, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women in the United States. 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 in New York City and a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of the City of New York at Columbia University.

Professor Jones is the author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830–1900 (2007), co-editor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (2015), and author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2017. Her articles have appeared in the Law and History Review, the Journal of the Civil War Era, the North Carolina Law Review, the American Journal of Legal History, and numerous edited collections. Professor Jones has held fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the National Constitutional Center, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. At the University of Michigan, she is a senior fellow with the Michigan Society of Fellows and holds an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. Professor Jones's commentary on race, law, and history can be found at, The Huffington Post, The Conversation, History News Network, and Process: The OAH Blog. Follow her on Twitter at @marthasjones_.

Visit her personal website.​​

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).

Co-editor. Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women. M. Bay, F. J. Griffin, and B. D. Savage, co-editors. University of North Carolina Press, 2015.​

​"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



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.​