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Christopher Tomlins, Law, University of California, Berkeley

  • When: November 11, 2020, 12 pm
  • Where: Zoom: To register, contact Sophie Kofman at

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Christopher Tomlins joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2014. Trained as a historian at The Johns Hopkins University, his teaching career began in 1980 at La Trobe University, Melbourne, where he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and University Reader in Legal Studies. In 1992 Tomlins joined the research faculty of the American Bar Foundation, Chicago, where he remained until 2009, when he became Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine. Tomlins’ primary affiliation at Berkeley Law is to the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (Ph.D.) program, in which he teaches courses on the history and law of slavery, and on legal history. He also teaches in the undergraduate Legal Studies Program.

Tomlins has recently completed a book on the Nat Turner Slave Rebellion, which occurred in 1831 in Virginia. Published by Princeton University Press (March 2020), the book is entitled In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History. For his next book Tomlins is planning research on the history of organized labor and labor law at the turn of the twentieth century. He is also at work on the history of contemporary legal thought, particularly on the idea of “materialist jurisprudence,” and on a bibliographic project in comparative legal history.

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