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Michael Grossberg

Sally M. Reahard Professor of History and Professor of Law


THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF LAW IN AMERICA (with Christopher Tomlins, Eds.) Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE AND THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION (with Wendy Gamber and Hendrik Hartog, Eds.). Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003.





Friends of the Court: A New Role for Historians, PERSPECTIVES ON HISTORY (Nov. 2010). [Journal website]

Comment: Meeting the Challenges of the United States History Survey, 37 THE HISTORY TEACHER 512 (2004).

Plagiarism and Professional Ethics: A Journal Editor’s View, 90 JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY 1333 (2004).

Bringing the History of Family Law in to the Classroom, 15 no.4 OAH MAGAZINE OF HISTORY 23 (2001).

Comment: Forum – Constructing Patriarchy: The Development of Interspousal Custody Law in England: Who Determines Children’s Best Interests?, 17 LAW AND HISTORY REVIEW 309 (1999). [HeinOnline]

Roundtable: Opportunities for and Limitations of Private Ordering in Family Law 73 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 535 (1998). [HeinOnline]

How to Tell Law Stories, 23 LAW AND SOCIAL INQUIRY 459 (1998). [HeinOnline]

A Response to Marvin Becker, ‘An Essay on the Vicissitudes of Civil Society with Special Reference to Scotland in the Eighteenth Century, 72 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 497 (1997). [HeinOnline]

Teaching the Republican Child: Three Antebellum Stories about Law, Schooling, and the Construction of American Families, 1996 UTAH LAW REVIEW 429 (1997). [HeinOnline]

Balancing Acts: Crisis, Change, and Continuity in American Family Law, 1890-1990, 28 INDIANA LAW REVIEW 273 (1995). [HeinOnline]

Bringing the Legal History of the Family Into the Classroom, 7 FOCUS ON LAW STUDIES: TEACHING ABOUT LAW IN THE LIBERAL ARTS 6 (1992).

Social History Update: “Fighting Faiths” and the Challenge of Legal History, 25 JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY 191 (1991).

Some Queries on Privacy and Constitutional Rights, 41 CASE WESTERN RESERVE LAW REVIEW 857 (1991). [HeinOnline]

The Webster Brief: History as Advocacy, or Would You Sign It?, 12 THE PUBLIC HISTORIAN 45 (Summer 1990).

Legal History and Social Science: Friedman's History of American Law, the Second Time Around, Friedman, L.M., A History of American Law (1st and 2nd eds.), 13 LAW AND SOCIAL INQUIRY 359 (1988). [HeinOnline]

Crossing Boundaries: Nineteenth Century Domestic Relations Law and the Merger of Family and Legal History, 1985 AMERICAN BAR FOUNDATION RESEARCH JOURNAL 799 (1985). [HeinOnline]

Who Gets the Child?: Child Custody, Guardianship, and the Rise of a Judicial Patriarchy in Nineteenth Century America, 9 FEMINIST STUDIES 235 (1983).

Guarding the Altar: Physiological Restrictions on Marriage and the Rise of State Intervention in Matrimony, 26 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL HISTORY 197 (1982). [HeinOnline] Reprinted in LAW, SOCIETY, AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS: MAJOR HISTORICAL INTERPRETATIONS (Kermit Hall, Ed.), New York: Garland Publishing, 1987.

Altruism and Professionalism: Boston and the Rise of Organized Legal Aid, 1900-1905, Part I, 22 BOSTON BAR JOURNAL 21 (May 1978). [HeinOnline]

Altruism and Professionalism: Boston and the Rise of Organized Legal Aid, 1900-1905, Part II, 22 BOSTON BAR JOURNAL 11 (June 1978). [HeinOnline]

Book Chapters

History and the Disciplining of Plagiarism, in ORIGINALITY, IMITATION, AND PLAGIARISM: TEACHING WRITING IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Martha Vicinus and Caroline Eisner, Eds.). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2008.

Family Law in Indiana: A Domestic Relations Crossroad (with Amy Elson), in THE HISTORY OF INDIANA LAW (David J. Bodenhamer and Randall T. Shepard, Eds.). Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2006.

Duped Dads and Discarded Children: A Historical Perspective on Genetic Testing in Child Custody Cases, in GENETIC TIES AND THE FAMILY: THE IMPACT OF PATERNITY TESTING ON PARENTS AND CHILDREN (Mark A. Rothstein, et al., Eds.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Children and the Law in the United States: A Historical Overview, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD: IN HISTORY AND SOCIETY (Paula Fass, Ed.). New York: Macmillan, 2003.

A Protected Childhood: The Emergence of Child Protection in America, in AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE AND THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003.

Child Welfare in the United States, 1820-1935, in A CENTURY OF JUVENILE JUSTICE (Bernadine Dohrn, et al., Eds.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Warring Spouses: Teaching the History of Family Law, in FROM COURTROOM TO CLASSROOM: THE LINCOLN LEGAL PAPERS CURRICULUM (Dennis E. Suttles and Daniel W. Stowell, Eds.). Springfield, IL: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2002.

Giving the Present a Past? Family Law in the United States, 1950-2000, in CROSS CURRENTS: FAMILY LAW IN THE UNITED STATES AND ENGLAND, 1950-2000 (Sanford N. Katz, et al., Eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Citizens and Families: A Jeffersonian Vision of Domestic Relations and Generational Change, in THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE EDUCATION OF A CITIZEN (James Gilbreath, Ed.). Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1999.

The Politics of Professionalism: The Creation of Legal Aid and the Strains of Political Liberalism in America, 1900-1930, in LAWYERS AND THE RISE OF WESTERN POLITICAL LIBERALISM (Terence C. Halliday and Lucien Karpik, Eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Battling Over Motherhood in Philadelphia: A Study of Antebellum Trial Courts As Arenas of Conflict, in CONTESTED STATES: LAW, HEGEMONY, AND RESISTANCE (Mindie Lazarus-Black and Susan F. Hirsch, Eds.). New York: Routledge, 1994.

Legal Rights for Children?: A Historical Look at a Continuing Legal Paradox, in CHILDREN AT RISK IN AMERICA: HISTORY, CONCEPTS, AND PUBLIC POLICY (Roberta L. Wollons, Ed.). Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.

“Family and Children,” “Marriage,” “Illegitimacy,” and “Inheritance”, in THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (Kermit Hall, Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Institutionalizing Masculinity: The Bar As a Man’s Profession, in MEANINGS FOR MANHOOD: MASCULINITY IN VICTORIAN AMERICA (Mark C. Carnes and Clyde Griffen, Eds.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Courts and Lawyers in Cleveland, 1800 - Present, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CLEVELAND HISTORY (David D. Van Tassel and John J. Grabowski, Eds.). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Book Reviews

Book Review. Venkatesh, S.A. and Kassimir, R. (Eds)., Youth, Globalization and the Law, 1 JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH 307 (2008). 

Book Review. Carp, E.W., Adoption Politics, Bastard Nation & Ballot Initiative 58, 36 JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY 299 (2005). 

Book Review. Does Censorship Really Protect Children?, Heins, M., Not in Front of the Children: “Indecency,” Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth, 54 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS LAW JOURNAL 591 (2002). [HeinOnline]

Book Review. Stanley, A.D., From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation, 66 JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HISTORY 887 (2000). 

Book Review. Korobkin, L.H., Criminal Conversations: Sentimentality and Nineteenth-Century Legal Stories of Adultery, 86 JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY 1767 (2000). 

Book Review. Fass, P.S., Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America, 85 JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY 1114 (1998).

Book Review. Mason, M.A., From Father’s Property to Children’s Rights: The History of Child Custody in the United States, 82 JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY 183 (1995). 

Book Review. Lipartito, K. and Pratt, J., Baker & Botts in the Development of Modern Houston, 15 THE PUBLIC HISTORIAN 126 (Autumn 1993).

Book Review. Smith, M.D., Breaking the Bonds: Marital Discord in Pennsylvania, 1730-1830 and Wilson, L., Life After Death: Widows in Pennsylvania, 1750-1850, 79 JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY 1581 (1993). 

Book Review. Hall, K.L., The Magic Mirror: Law in American History, 10 LAW AND HISTORY REVIEW 173 (1992). [HeinOnline]

Book Review. Phillips, R., Putting Asunder: A History of Divorce in Western Society, 28 JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 185 (1992). 

Book Review. Abel, R.L., American Lawyers, 24 JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY 903 (1991).

Book Review. Staves, S., Married Women’s Separate Property in England, 1660-1833, 35 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL HISTORY 112 (1991). [HeinOnline]

Book Review. Spurlock, J.C., Free Love, Marriage, and Middle-Class Radicalism in America, 1825-1860, 77 JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY 294 (1990).

Book Review. Penack, W. and Holt Jr., W.W., The Law in America, 1607-1833, 10 JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC 586 (1990).

Book Review. Brownlee, J. and McDonald, M. (Eds.) Public Justice: A History of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, 1850-1985, 12 THE PUBLIC HISTORIAN 109 (Winter 1990).

Book Review. Pleck, E., Domestic Tyranny: The Making of American Social Policy Against Family Violence from Colonial Times to the Present, 93 AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 1105 (1988).

Review Essay. American Exceptionalism: Harold M. Hyman, 60 NORTHWEST OHIO QUARTERLY 25 (1988).

Book Review. Glenn, M., Campaigns Against Corporal Punishment: Prisoners, Sailors, and Children in Antebellum America, 5 JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC 125 (1985).

Book Review. Hareven, T.K., Family Time and Industrial Time: The Relationship Between Family and Work in a New England Industrial Village, 45 JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY 451 (1983).

Book Review. Hoffer, P.C. and Hull, N.E.H., Murdering Mothers: Infanticide in England and New England 1558-1803, 12 PSYCHO-HISTORY REVIEW 43 (1983).

Book Review. Boston’s Trial Courts: Exploring the Urban Legal Wilderness, Silverman, R.A., Law and Urban Growth: Civil Litigation in the Boston Trial Courts, 10 REVIEWS IN AMERICAN HISTORY 84 (1982).

Book Review. Rabkin, P.A., Fathers to Daughters: The Legal Foundations of Female Emancipation, 68 JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY 666 (1981).

Editorials & Commentaries

Is There a Crisis in Middle East Academic Publishing?: The View from a History Journal Editor 23 COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF SOUTH ASIA, AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST 15 (2003). 

New Roles for Journals?, 19 EDITING HISTORY 1 (2003).

Foreword, in TENDER CONSIDERATIONS: WOMEN, FAMILIES, AND THE LAW IN ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S ILLINOIS (Daniel Stowell, Ed.). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Devising an Online Future for Journals of History, CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION B6 (April 21, 2000).

Taking Stock: Five Years of Editing the AHR, 38 AHA PERSPECTIVES 17 (September, 2000).

History Journals in the Twenty-First Century, 35 AHA PERSPECTIVES 5 (May/June 1997).

English Legal History in the Age of Mansfield: Three Perspectives: Introduction12 LAW AND HISTORY REVIEW 93 (1994). [HeinOnline]


A Report on the Conference on the History of American Public Policy, 1 THE PUBLIC HISTORIAN 23 (Winter 1979).