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Jones, Martha S.

Affiliated LSA Faculty

966 Legal Research

Professor Martha S. Jones is a member of the Law School's Affiliated LSA Faculty, professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studies, 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. Professor 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 (University of North Carolina Press, 2007). She is also the co-editor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). Her current project is the book Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America. Professor 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, Professor 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.

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.​