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Victoria Saker Woeste

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Research Professor

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  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • Phone: (312) 988-6602

Education

Ph.D., Jurisprudence & Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley B.A., History and American Studies, University of Virginia (cum laude)

Curriculum vitae

Bio

Victoria Saker Woeste is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation (ABF). Since joining the ABF in 1994, Woeste has established herself as a leading scholar in the field of U.S. legal history, specifically twentieth century business regulation and political economy. She is a published author and has written three different books, including her most recent book, Jews and the Law (Quid…

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Research focus

Research has examined how law mediates and shapes the relationships among the state, the market, and society in U.S. history, as well as uncovered institutional and organizational responses to legal and economic change. 


Publications

Jews and the Law
Quid Pro Books
Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
Stanford University Press
The Farmer's Benevolent Trust: Law and Agricultural Cooperation in Industrial America, 1865-1945
University of North Carolina Press (Studies in Legal History Series)

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Evaluator, Franklin Research Grants, American Philosophical Society
  • Member, Law and Society Association Kalven Prize Committee
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of American History
  • Judge, California Supreme Court Historical Society Law Student Essay Competition
  • Member, Committee on Research, Fellowships, and Awards, American Society for Legal History
  • Chair, Craig Joyce Award Committee, American Society for Legal History, 2012
  • Consultant, The People v. Leo Frank, documentary film, Ben Loeterman Productions for Frontline, PBS, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2009)
  • Wayne D. Rasmussen Award Committee, Agricultural History Society, 2010-12
  • Nominee, Board of Trustees, American Society for Legal History, 2009
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Chicago Legal History Seminar
  • Consultant, Court History Association, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois
  • Chair, Surrency Article Prize Committee, American Society for Legal History
  • Precinct Captain, Obama for America, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Society for Legal History, 2010-2012
  • Member, Cromwell Prize Committee, American Society for Legal History, 2010-2012
  • Chair, J. Willard Hurst Book Prize Committee, Law and Society Association
  • Manuscript reviewer, Agricultural History, Enterprise and Society, Law and Social Inquiry, 2012
  • Associate Editor, Law and Social Inquiry
  • Principal Academic Advisor, Sapiro v. Ford, documentary film based on Henry Ford’s War, Michael Rose Productions Inc., Federal Court Historical Society and Detroit Public Television, 2012-13
  • 2015-16 Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians

Reading list

It Is Our Choices That Make Us What We Truly Are: Moral Choice in the Harry Potter Novels
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