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Jones, Martha S.

Affiliated LS&A Faculty
Winter 2015

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Prof. Martha S. Jones is a member of the Law School's Affiliated LS&A Faculty and associate professor of history and associate chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. She is codirector of the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History and the Law in Slavery and Freedom Project. She is on leave for the 2013-2014 academic year as the William C. and Ida Friday Fellow at the National Humanities Center with additional fellowship support from the American Council of Learned Societies. Her scholarly interests include the history of race, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women in the United States and the Atlantic world. 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.

Prof. Jones is a member of the publications committee of the American Society for Legal History and a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. In 2008, she was appointed a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the National Constitution Center. In 2012, she was co-curator (with Clayton Lewis) of "Proclaiming Emancipation," an exhibit marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Prof. Jones is the author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900 (2007). Her current projects include two books: Overturning Dred Scott: Race, Rights, and Ritual in the Antebellum United States and Riding the Atlantic World Circuit: Slavery and Freedom in the Era of the Haitian Revolution.

Prof. Jones's personal website is available here.

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, 2013).

​"Emancipation's Encounters: Seeing the Proclamation Through Soldiers' Sketchbooks." J. Civil War Era (Forthcoming, 2013).

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.
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"Time, Space, and Juristdiction in Atlantic World Slavery: The Volunbrun Household in Gradual Emancipation New York." Law & Hist. Rev. 29, no. 4 (2011): 1031-60.
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"Overthrowing the "Monopoly of the Pulpit": Race and the Rights of Church Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States." In No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of U.S. Feminism, edited by N. A. Hewitt, 121-43. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2010.
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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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