May 27 2024

Introducing the OSI 2024 Faculty: Jeannine DeLombard

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It is our pleasure to welcome Jeannine de Lombard as a member of the OSI 2024 faculty! Jeannine teaches in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she maintains an Affiliation with the History Department. She specializes in African American and pre-1900 American literature, with a particular interest in the intersections of slavery, law, and culture. She is the author of In the Shadow of the Gallows: Race, Crime, and American Civic Identity (Penn 2012) and Slavery on Trial: Law, Abolitionism, and Print Culture (UNC 2007). Jeannine will convene a workshop with Bryan Wagner on questions of Legal Personhood, Police and Civil Rights Activism.

Jeannine is currently completing two paired book projects: “Bound to Respect: Democratic Dignity & the Indignities of Slavery” and “The Skin Aristocracy in America.” Recent chapters and articles appear in the Elgar Concise Encyclopaedia of Law and Literature, Simon Stern and Robert Spoo, eds. (forthcoming); The New Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, Robert S. Levine & Russ Castronovo, eds. (Cambridge, forthcoming); the Elgar Handbook of Legal Fictions Simon Stern, Lisa Siraganian, and Kristin Albrecht, eds.; Richard Wright in Context, Michael Nowlin, ed. (Cambridge, 2021); and Frederick Douglass in Context, Michaël Roy, ed. (Cambridge, 2021). Jeannine has been honored to receive the Penny Pether Award for Law & Language Scholarship (2019); the Robert K. Martin Best Book Prize (2013); and the Melville Society’s Hennig Cohen Prize for Best Work in Melville Studies (2009).

Jeannine has also been a major force in establishing strong collaborative links between the legal humanities research focus at UC Santa Barbara and the research in cultural legal studies at Osnabrück university. We are thrilled to welcome her back to Osnabrück as an OSI 2024 faculty member, and we are very much looking forward to her workshop with Bryan!

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