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George Edward Woodberry Professor
in Law, Literature, and Criticism
Columbia University

Degrees: A.B. Harvard College (magna cum laude in Government)

J.D. Harvard Law School

Ph.D. Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in American Civilization


Work: Allston Burr Senior Tutor in Dunster House and Instructor at Harvard University (1969-75)

Assistant Professor to Professor of English at The University of Chicago (1975-89)

Andrew W. Mellon Professor at The University of Chicago (1987-89)

Visiting Professor at Stanford University (1982)

Visiting Professor in American Studies At Princeton University (1992, 1993)

Visiting Professor at Yale Law School (1994)

Professor of English and Law at Columbia University (1989 to the present)


Books: Law and Letters in American Culture. (Harvard University Press, 1984)

The American Enlightenment. 175Q-1820 (Harvard University Press, 1997)

"The Trial in American Life," [in progress and under contract with Harvard University Press].

"The Earliness of the Early Republic." [in progress]


Articles and Reviews: In thirty different journals, including, American Literature, American Literary History, Early American Literature, The New England Quarterly, The William & Mary Quarterly, The University of Chicago Law Review, TLS, The Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Journal of American History, etc.


Honors, Fellowships: the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, the Rockefeller Bellagio Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Newberry Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities Independent Scholars and Summer Stipend Programs, and the Fulbright Foundation (to the London School of Economics).

Awards and Selections:

The Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia University, 1998.

William Patten Foundation Visiting Lectureship, Indiana University, Spring of 1998. Julian Abernethy Visiting Lectureship, Middlebury College, Fall of 1997.

The Willard Hurst Award for Legal History from the Law and Society Association for Law and Letters (1986).

Quantrell Award as Teacher of the Year in the Humanities at The University of Chicago (1984).

The Norman Foerster Prize for the best essay in American Literature (1980).

The Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Grant at the Harvard Law School (1974).


Member of Various Advisory and Editorial Boards and Visiting Committees.



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