May 7, 2012 15:05 Age: 2 yrs

Mary Dudziak Joins Emory Law Faculty This Fall

Mary Dudziak, the Judge Edward J. and Ruey Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science at University of Southern California Gould School of Law, will join the Emory Law faculty this fall as a named chair and director of the Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society.

“We are so excited that Mary will be joining the Emory Law faculty,” says Robert Schapiro, dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law. “Her path breaking scholarship, coupled with her strong devotion to teaching and engagement in vital matters of public concern, make her a wonderful addition to our faculty.  Her appointment will build on our existing strengths in international law and terrorism and national security law, including our International Humanitarian Law Clinic.”

A nationally acclaimed legal historian, Dudziak’s research focuses on international approaches to legal history and the impact of war on American democracy. She writes extensively about the impact of foreign affairs on civil rights policy during the Cold War and other topics in 20th-century American legal history. 

Her newest book is War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences. She also wrote Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2000). 

Dudziak is editor of September 11 in History: A Watershed Moment? (Duke University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders, reissued by Johns Hopkins University Press in March 2006. In addition, she founded the Legal History Blog and contributes to Balkinization.

The new Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society stems from the premise that the study of law and war is necessarily a unique interdisciplinary inquiry. The project will unite scholars in law, political science, human rights and history, as well as other areas at Emory, to examine the issues from a larger perspective.

“Emory University as a whole is a terrific fit for this project due to significant interest in war in the Political Science department, as well as strength in human rights and the law of armed conflict in the law school, history department and other programs,” says Dudziak. “Many American law schools have developed important programs focused on legal and policy issues related to war and national security. A full understanding of the intersection of law, war and security, however, requires a broader interdisciplinary canvas.”

She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and Membership in the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She has served on the boards of the American Society for Legal History and the Law and Society Association and is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

At USC, she has taught courses in Constitutional Law, Equality and Liberty, 20th Century U.S. Constitutional History, Law and War in the 20th Century, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Politics in Africa and a seminar on Law and Social Change in Post-1945 America.

Dudziak received her AB from the University of California—Berkeley and her JD, MA, MPhil. and PhD from Yale University. She clerked for the late Judge Sam J. Ervin III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and was a professor of law and history at the University of Iowa.


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