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Novak, William J.

Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law

971A Legal Research
734.763.9857
E-mail wnovak@umich.edu
Bill Novak, the Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law, is an award-winning legal scholar and historian. He joined the Law School faculty in fall 2009 from the University of Chicago, where he had been an associate professor of history, a founding member of the university's Human Rights Program and Law, Letters, and Society Program, and director of its Center for Comparative Legal History. Since 2000, Prof. Novak has been a research professor at the American Bar Foundation. In 1996, he published The People's Welfare: Law and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century America, which won the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold Prize and was named Best Book in the History of Law and Society. A specialist on the legal, political, and intellectual history of the United States, Prof. Novak earned his PhD in the history of American civilization from Brandeis University in 1991. He was a visiting faculty member at Michigan Law during fall 2007, when he taught courses in U.S. legal history and legislation. Prof. Novak is currently at work on The People's Government: Law and the Creation of the Modern American State, a study of the transformation in American liberal governance around the turn of the twentieth century.

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Co-author. "Emancipation and the Creation of Modern Liberal States in America and France." S. Sawyer, co-author. J. Civ. War Era 3, no. 4 (2013): 467-500.
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"A Revisionist History of Regulatory Capture." In Preventing Regulatory Capture: Special Interest Influence and How to Limit it, edited by D. Moss and D. Carpenter, 25-48. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013.
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co-author. "Toward a History of the Democratic State." S. Sawyer and J. T. Sparrow, co-authors. Tocqueville Rev. 33, no. 2 (2012): 7-18.
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"Making the Modern American Legislative State." In Living Legislation: Durability, Change, and the Politics of American Lawmaking, edited by J. Jenkins and E. Patashnik, 20-43. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Co-author. "Political History after the Cultural Turn." S. Pincus, co-author. Pers. on Hist. 49, no. 5 (2011): 19-21.
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"Legal Realism and Human Rights." Hist. Eur. Ideas 37, no. 2 (2011): 168-74.
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"Law and the Social Control of American Capitalism." Emory L. J. 60, no. 2 (2010): 377-405.
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"Constitutional Theology: The Revival of Whig History in American Public Law." Mich. St. L. Rev. (2010): 623-62.
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"AHR Exchange: Long Live the Myth of the Weak State? A Reponse to Adams, Gerstle, and Witt." Am. Hist. Rev. 115 (2010): 792-800.
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"Public-Private Governance: A Historical Introduction." In Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy, edited by J. Freeman and M. Minow, 23-40. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 2009.
 
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