Mary L. Dudziak

Past President Serving on Council
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Emory University

Mary L. Dudziak is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and Director of the Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society at Emory University. In fall 2015 she was the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress. She writes and teaches about the history of war’s impact on American law and politics, foreign relations law, 20th century constitutional history, civil rights history and constitutional law. Her books include War·Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences (Oxford University Press, 2012); Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey (Oxford University Press, 2008); Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2000, 2nd ed. 2011); and two edited collections: Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders, co-edited with Leti Volpp, American Quarterly (Special Issue, Sept. 2005)(reissued by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006); and September 11 in History: A Watershed Moment? (Duke University Press, 2003). Her next book, Going to War: An American History, is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, the American Council of Learned Societies, and others. In 2014-15 she was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She serves on the Historical Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of State. Before moving to Emory in 2012, she was the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science at the University of Southern California. She has also taught at Duke, Harvard, the University of Maryland and the University of Iowa. She received her A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. and Ph.D. from Yale University.