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Speaker Series: Evelyn Atkinson and Paul Baumgardner, ABF Doctoral Fellows

  • When: September 12, 2018, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th floor, Lakeside, Chicago, IL 60611

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ABF Incoming Doctoral Fellows Presentations

Evelyn Atkinson - TBA


Photo and Bio Courtesy of Evelyn Atkinson

Evelyn Atkinson is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, "American Frankenstein: Creating the Constitutional Corporate Person," traces the development of the constitutional law of corporate personhood in the nineteenth century United States. Combining legal history and social history, she illuminates how, from the early years of the new republic, farmers, merchants, and others who dealt with corporations in their daily lives attempted to enforce a vision of popular sovereignty that included public regulation of business corporations. These local movements for control of corporations, she reveals, resulted in the seminal legal cases that granted corporations constitutional rights, and shaped ongoing conflicts over the nature of democracy, economic justice, and the relationship of corporations to the state. Evelyn's scholarly publications have appeared in the Journal of Law & Social Inquiry, the Law and History Review, the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender.  She is the recipient of the Fishel-Calhoun Article Prize from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, as well as the Graduate Student Paper Competition Prize from the Journal of Law & Social Inquiry, for her article, "The Burden of Taking Care: Attractive Nuisance Lawsuits and the Safety First Movement.” She received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.  

Paul Baumgardner - TBA


Photo and Bio Courtesy of Paul Baumgardner

Paul Baumgardner is a doctoral candidate seeking a joint Ph.D. in the Department of Politics and the Humanities Council at Princeton University. His dissertation, “Rethinking the Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: Professors, Activists, and the Legal Academy of the 1980s,” explores the important battles waged over American legal development operating around educational institutions during the 1980s. Relying on interviews, archival materials, and additional primary sources, the dissertation showcases the types of movement mobilizations and intellectual competitions that many top law schools witnessed during the 1980s. These phenomena relate to, but also differ in important ways from, the movement actors, agendas, and legal actions found within other American legal institutions in the period. Baumgardner’s additional research in American politics and law has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Law & Social Inquiry, Journal of Church and State, and Law and History Review. Paul recently co-authored a book about interdisciplinarity and university life, titled Keywords; For Further Consideration and Particularly Relevant to Academic Life (Princeton University Press, 2018). He has been a visiting fellow at the Rutgers Law School Institute for Law and Philosophy and a visiting scholar at the University of Buffalo Law School Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy. Paul holds a B.A. from Baylor University and a M.A. from Princeton University. 

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