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AMANDA KLEINTOP AND MEGHAN MORRIS, ABF Doctoral Fellow and ABF Postdoctoral Fellow

  • When: September 20, 2017, 12 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Lakeside, Chicago IL 60611

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Amanda Kleintop is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Northwestern University specializing in nineteenth-century American history with a minor field in historical methodologies. Her research interests include the U.S. South, Civil War, slavery, and emancipation in the Atlantic World. Kleintop’s dissertation, “The Terms of Emancipation: Conflicts over Debts for the Value of Slaves from 1862-1875,” examines white southerners’ demands for emancipation policies other than the one that came into existence: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery. It explores the political consequences of their attempts to profit from what they believed was their right to own property in humans by claiming compensation for their freed slaves from the federal government and relief from their debts for the value of slaves. Using original historiographical research, Kleintop reveals the contradictory and shifting legal, political, and ideological conception of what was possible as 4 million enslaved people transitioned from ‘property’ to citizens.

Kleintop holds a Master’s in History from Northwestern and a B.A. in history and leadership studies from the University of Richmond (2011). Before attending Northwestern, Amanda worked in digital history with the Digital Scholarship Lab and public history with Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission.

Meghan L. Morris is an anthropologist completing her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Her research examines the role of law in war and peacemaking, with a particular focus on property over land. Her scholarship draws on extensive ethnographic fieldwork as well as her training and ongoing work as a lawyer. Her dissertation, “Property in the Shadow of the Post-Conflict,” is an interdisciplinary study examining how property can become understood as both the root of violent conflict and the key to peace. It explores this question through an ethnographic account of how the reordering of property is central to ongoing efforts to achieve a post-conflict era in Colombia.

 Her work has appeared in the Revista Colombiana de Antropología (Colombian Journal of Anthropology) and she has conducted research as well as human rights and environmental justice work in Latin America (including Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, and Peru) for fifteen years. Prior to her doctoral work, she received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. She is also affiliated as a senior researcher at the Bogotá-based Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia).

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