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William Novak




William Novak joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2009.




Prof. Bill Novak, an award-winning legal scholar and historian, joins the Law School Faculty in fall 2009. Prof. Novak comes from the University of Chicago, where he has 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 Ph. D. in the History of American Civilization from Brandeis University in 1991. He was a visiting faculty member at Michigan Law School 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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