July 2023 – August 2024
Leslie Abramson is a film scholar who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has taught law and cinema at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication.
Abramson is the author of Hitchcock & the Anxiety of Authorship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her book chapters and essays have been published in various anthologies and academic journals. Abramson’s latest chapter, “A Legal Frame-work of Urban Modernity: The Court of Criminal Appeals, Chicago (1927) Style” is forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Legal Studies. Abramson is currently researching representations of the law in silent American cinema.
Her work investigates how these original moving images of the legal system—visual narratives that indoctrinated a largely unacquainted public, including a surging immigrant population, in American law and its workings—judged the law, the legal system’s processes and practitioners, and the association among the citizenry, domestic law, and still consequential societal issues via delineative portrayals that continue to inform legal representations.