Professor

John Fabian Witt

Yale University
Area
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specialty
Law
Member Since
2014
Historian of American law, and scholar of modern tort law and international law. Most recent book Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History (2012) was awarded the 2013 Bancroft Prize for history, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Additional books include The Accidental Republic: Crippled Workingmen, Destitute Widows, and the Remaking of American Law (2004), which was awarded the Cromwell Prize. Patriots and Cosmopolitans: Hidden Histories of American Law (2007) is a volume of biographical essays containing an account of how Roscoe Pound fell into the clutches of Melvin Belli, the fabled tort lawyer, and became a foil in the trial lawyer's lobby. Writes for The New York Times, Slate, and The Washington Post.
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