Assistant Professor of Law
- Harvard Law School, J.D.
- University of Virginia, B.A., with highest distinction, M.A., Ph.D. (history)
- Book Manuscript, The Great Question of the War: The Legal Status of Secession in the Aftermath of the American Civil War, 1865-1869 (in progress).
- “The Emancipation Proclamation in International and Constitutional Law,” (in progress).
- “Erie and the Alien Tort Statute: How Legal Realism Changed Customary International Law in the United States,” (in progress).
- “Strategic Litigation and the Death of Reconstruction,” in Signposts: New Directions in Southern Legal History, eds. Sally Hadden and Patricia Minter (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013) (forthcoming).
- “The American Civil War as a Trial by Battle,” Law and History Review 28 (February 2010): 71-110 (winner of the Kathryn T. Preyer Prize, American Society for Legal History, 2008).
- “Did Secession Really Die at Appomattox?: The Strange Case of U.S. v. Jefferson Davis,” University of Toledo Law Review 41 (2010): 587.
- Review of Jonathan W. White, Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War and Brian McGinty, The Body of John Merryman, in Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association (in progress).
- Review of Lynda Crist and Suzanne Gibbs, eds., The Papers of Jefferson Davis, Volume 13: 1871-1879, in Journal of Southern History (in progress).
- Review of Brian McGinty, John Brown’s Trial, in Law and History Review 29 (February 2011): 322-24.
Awards and Fellowships:
- William Nelson Cromwell Prize for the best dissertation in legal history, American Society for Legal History, 2011
- J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, University of Wisconsin, June 2009
- Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars Award for the best paper in legal history by a young scholar, American Society for Legal History, 2008, for "The American Civil War as a Trial by Battle"
- Quinn Dissertation Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2008-2009
- Raoul Berger-Mark DeWolfe Howe Visiting Fellowship in Legal History, Harvard Law School, 2007-2008
- Huntington Library Research Fellowship, San Marino, California, 2008
- Hibernian Research Award, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame, 2008
- Filson Historical Society Travel Grant, Louisville Kentucky, 2008
- Semi-Finalist for 7 Society Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Virginia, Spring 2006
- Jefferson Graduate Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2003-2007
- “Author Meets Readers: James Q. Whitman’s Verdict of Battle,” American Society for Legal History, St. Louis, MO, November 2012.
- “The Problem of Proving Treason in the Aftermath of the American Civil War,” University of Mississippi Law School, Oxford, MS, April 2012.
- “Did Secession Really Die at Appomattox?,” Constitution Day Lecture, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS, September 2011.
- “Strategic Lawyering and the Early Death of Reconstruction,” Law and Society Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 2011.
- "Did Secession Really Die at Appomattox?," History of American Rights Conference, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, September 2009
- "Did Secession Really Die at Appomattox?,: The Strange Case of U.S. v. Jefferson Davis," Organization of American Historians Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 2009
- "The American Civil War as a Trial by Battle," Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars Panel, American Society for Legal History, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 2008
- "The Treason Trial of Jefferson Davis," Invited Lecturer, Elizabeth Roller Bottimore Lecture on Civil War History, Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia, September 2008
- "The American Civil War as a Trial by Battle: Federal Supremacy and Secession Ideology among Ex-Confederates." Law and Society Association Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 2008
- "The American Civil War as a Trial by Battle," Harvard Law School Legal History Colloquium, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 2008
- Instructor, University of Virginia, 2010
- Adjunct Professor, Randolph College, 2009
- Contract Attorney, McGuire Woods, 2004
- Summer Associate, Latham & Watkins, 2002
- Summer Associate, Becket Fund for Religious Liberties, 2001
- American Society for Legal History
- American Historical Society
- Southern Historical Society
- Organization of American Historians
- Virginia State Bar (inactive status)