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Martha Jones

Arthur F Thurnau Professor of History

Office Location(s): 2703 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.647.5421
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
  • Fields of Study
    • African American history
    • 19th century United States history
    • women's history
    • critical race theory, Atlantic world slavery and law
  • About

    Prof. Martha S. Jones is associate chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studies, and a member of the Law School's Affiliated LSA Faculty. She is co-director of the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History and the Law in Slavery and Freedom Project. Her scholarly interests include the history of race, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women in the United States and the Atlantic world. She holds a PhD in history from Columbia University and a JD from the CUNY School of Law. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty she was a public interest litigator for the HIV Law Project and MFY Legal Services, where her work focused on the rights of people with disabilities. In 1994, she was a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of the City of New York at Columbia University.

    Prof. Jones is a member of the publications committee of the American Society for Legal History and a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. In 2008, she served as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the National Constitution Center. In 2012, she was co-curator (with Clayton Lews) of "Proclaiming Emancipation," an exhibit marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Prof. Jones is the author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900 (2007). Her current projects include two books: Overturning Dred Scott: Race, Rights, and Citizenship in Antebellum America and Riding the Atlantic World Circuit: Slavery and Freedom in the Era of the Haitian Revolution.

  • Education
    • J.D. City University of New York (C.U.N.Y.) School of Law, 1987
    • Ph.D. Columbia University, 2001