EDUCATION

The University of Chicago, Department of History
Ph.D., M.A., 2013
HONORS/AWARDS: 2004-2008 Provost Fellowship
2007 and 2008 Freehling Travel Grant 2008-2011 Bessie Pierce Prize Preceptor 2011 Kunstadter Travel Grant
DISSERTATION TITLE: Harsh Mercy: Criminal Law in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts Bay.
DISSERTATION COMMITTEE: Edward M. Cook (chair), Richard H. Helmholz, and Fredrik
Albritton-Jonsson.

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
J.D., 2004
HONORS/AWARDS: USC Merit Scholarship
Fellow, U.S.C. Center for Law, History, and Culture

California State University, San Bernardino, Department of History
B.A. with honors, 1999
HONORS/AWARDS: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) McNair Scholar (higher education scholarship) History Departmental honors
Associated Students’ board member of the year (1999)
HONORS THESIS: We Democrats of California and How We Threw an Election: A
True Story of 1934.

ARTICLES & ESSAYS

Dignity Takings in the Criminal Law of Seventeenth-Century England and the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 92 CHICAGO-KENT LAW REVIEW (2017).

The Ideological Origins of the Right to Counsel, 68 SOUTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 87 (2016).

Restoring Community Dignity Following Police Misconduct, 59 HOWARD LAW JOURNAL 621 (2016).

Introductory Essay, History of Crime and Punishment in America 1600 to 1776, in THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN AMERICA, VOLUME V, pp. 1991-2007. Wilbur R. Miller editor. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (2012).

OTHER ACADEMIC WORKS

Flag Burning, and Cruel and Unusual Punishment (Prohibition Against), in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS. Bruce A. Arrigo and Geoffrey J. Golson editors. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications (2014).

Property Division Law, U.S. History of, in CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY OF DIVORCE. Robert E. Emery and Geoffrey J. Golson editors. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (2013).

English Charter of Liberties of 1100, in SOCIAL HISTORY OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN AMERICA (Above), p. 539 (2012).

Gideon v. Wainwright, in SOCIAL HISTORY OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN AMERICA (Above), pp. 697- 698 (2012).

Habeas Corpus Act of 1679, in SOCIAL HISTORY OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN AMERICA (Above), pp. 729-730 (2012).

Laws and Liberties of Massachusetts, in SOCIAL HISTORY OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN AMERICA (Above), pp. 993-994 (2012).

Trials in SOCIAL HISTORY OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN AMERICA (Above), pp. 1824-1830 (2012).

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of La Verne, College of Law
Assistant Professor 2016 – present
COURSES: Constitutional Law, English Legal History, First Amendment, and Jurisprudence. AWARDS: 2017-2018 La Verne Fellow

Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Visiting Assistant Professor
COURSES: Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Law. 2015 – 2016
University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
Lecturer
2014 – 2015
COURSES: Constitutional Law and Introduction to US Legal Systems.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Adjunct Professor
2014
COURSES: Comparative Criminal Procedure.

University of Chicago, College
Lecturer
2012 – 2013
COURSES: America in World Civilization: Part I.

University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies
Adjunct Professor
2009
COURSES: History of Anglo-American Criminal Procedure.

University of Chicago, College
Bessie Pierce Prize Preceptor
2008 – 2011
COURSES: Historical Theory & Methods and BA Thesis Writing Seminar.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Devil in the Details: Re-evaluating the Procedural Fairness of the Salem Witchcraft Trials. (in draft).

Bounded Relativism: Toward a Theory of Legal Relativism. (in draft).

Transmuting the Common Law: Criminal Law Reform in Early Massachusetts Bay. (in draft).

Takings Beyond Compensation: The Anglo-American Enclosure Movement as a Case Study of Systemic Takings (research ongoing).

When Plea Bargaining Breaks Down. (research ongoing).

The Constable Has Not Blundered: Recasting Police Misconduct as Criminality. (research ongoing).

PRESENTATIONS

“Takings Beyond Compensation: The Anglo-American Enclosure Movement as a Case Study of
Systemic Takings,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Mexico City, 28 May 2017.

“Transmuting the Common Law: Criminal Law Reform in Early Massachusetts Bay,” American Society of Law, Society, and the Humanities Annual Meeting, Stanford, 2017.

“Re-Evaluating the Procedural Fairness of the Salem Witchcraft Trials,” Midwest Law and Society Retreat, Madison, Wisconsin, 18-19 November 2016. A previous version of this paper was presented at the University of La Verne Faculty Workshop Series, 21 October 2016.

“Dignity Takings in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts Bay Criminal Law,” Chicago-Kent Law Review Symposium on Dignity Takings and Dignity Restoration, Chicago, 10-11 November 2016. A previous version of this paper was presented at Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, 28 May 2015.

“Transforming the Common Law: Criminal Law Reform in Early Massachusetts Bay,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2 June 2016.
A previous version of this paper was presented at the Early Modern Workshop, The University of Chicago, 10 November 2014.

“Community Reparations as a Remedy for Dignity Takings Following Police Misconduct,”
American Society of Law, Society and the Humanities Annual Meeting, Hartford, 1-2 April 2016.
A previous version of this paper was presented at the Southeast-Southwest Persons of Color Conference, FAMU College of Law, Orlando, 26 February 2016.

“Restoring Community Dignity Following Police Misconduct,” 12th Annual Wiley A. Branton Symposium, Howard University, 29 October 2015.

“Bounded Universalism: Toward a Theory of Legal Relativism,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Boston, 2 June 2013.

“A Brief Legal History of the Salem Witchcraft Trials,” Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Newberry Library Chicago, 24-26 January 2013.

“Criminal Procedure and Law of the Salem Witchcraft Trials,” Early Modern Workshop, The University of Chicago, 10 December 2012.

“The Implementation of the Common Law during the Salem Witchcraft Trials,” Law, Culture, and Society Workshop, The University of Chicago, 16 February 2012.

“The Intellectual Origins of the Right to Counsel,” Law, Culture, and Society Workshop, The University of Chicago, 7 June 2010.

“The Role of the California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association in California Politics and the Passage of Three Strikes,” Human Rights Workshop, The University of Chicago, 3 December 2008. A previous version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting for the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, The University of Connecticut, March 12-13, 2004.

“The Colonial Origin of the Right to Counsel and the Transformation of New England Legal Culture: A Proposal,” Early Modern Workshop, The University of Chicago, June 2007.

INVITED LECTURES AND PANEL CHAIRS

“Future Directions in Law and Society Research,” Roundtable Panelist, Midwest Law and Society Retreat, Madison, Wisconsin, 18-19 November 2016.

“Revisiting Law’s Boundaries,” Panel Chair, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2 June 2016.

“Legal Bodies and Legal Ethics,” Panel Chair, American Society for Law, Culture, and the Humanities Annual Meeting, Hartford, 1-2 April 2016.

“Smuggling and Piracy in the Atlantic World, 1770-1780,” Panel Chair & Respondent, Early American Studies Conference, Chicago, 20 June 2015.

“Constitutional Development in the Colonia and Post-Colonial State,” Panel Chair & Respondent,
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Boston, 2 June 2013.

“The History of Equity and Chancery in English Law,” guest lecture, The University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies, 10 October 2012.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Journal of Law Business Ethics
Supervising Faculty Member 2016 – Present

Law and Society Association, Colonization and the Law CRN
Coordinator 2011 – 2017

H-Law

Web editor/Editorial Board Member 2012 – 2015

University of Chicago, Law, Culture, and Society Workshop
Coordinator 2009 – 2012

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

University of La Verne, Latinx Committee
Member 2016 – present
University of La Verne College of Law, Curriculum Committee
Member 2016 – present
University of La Verne College of Law, Academic Standards Committee
Member 2016 – present
University of La Verne College of Law, Staff Hiring Committee
Member 2017
University of La Verne, Latinx Faculty Search Committee
Member 2016 – 2017
University of La Verne College of Law, Orientation Committee
Member 2016 – 2017

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Constitution Society 2016 – Present
American Historical Association 2016 – Present
Association of Law, Culture, and Humanities 2015 – Present
American Society for Legal History 2016 – Present
Law and Society Association 2016 – Present
Organization of American Historians 2016 – Present
Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society 1997 – Present
Phi Alpha Delta, Law Fraternity 2001 – Present
Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society 1998 – Present
Sheldon Society 2016 – Present