Alison L. LaCroix

Alison LaCroix is the Robert Newton Reid Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She is also an Associate Member of the University of Chicago Department of History. Professor LaCroix is a scholar of US legal history specializing in constitutional law, federalism, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century legal thought.

Professor LaCroix is currently writing a book on US constitutional discourse between 1815 and 1861, for which she was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. The book, titled The Interbellum Constitution: Union, Commerce, and Slavery From the Long Founding Moment to the Civil War, is under contract with Yale University Press. Professor LaCroix is also the author of The Ideological Origins of American Federalism (Harvard University Press, 2010). She has published articles in the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, and Law and History Review, among others.

Professor LaCroix holds a PhD in history from Harvard University. She earned her BA (summa cum laude) and JD from Yale University. Professor LaCroix joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2006, having previously held the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at New York University School of Law. Following law school, she practiced in the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York.

Professor LaCroix received a three-year fellowship from the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society to support a ­project on law and linguistics. In addition, she has co-edited three volumes on law-and-literature topics with Martha C. Nussbaum, Saul Levmore, and Richard McAdams.

Professor LaCroix has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Society for Legal History, and she is a member of the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Legal History. She teaches constitutional law, legal history, civil procedure, law and linguistics, and federal courts.

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