2021 Hurst Institute Call for Applications

2021 Hurst Summer Institute:

The 2021 Hurst Institute will take place June 13 – 26, 2021. The 2021 session will be chaired by Lauren Benton, Barton M. Biggs Professor of History and Professor of Law at Yale University, and Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.


The American Society for Legal History and the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School are pleased to invite applications for the eleventh biennial Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History. The two-week program features presentations by guest scholars, discussions of core readings in legal history, and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute.

Applicant Qualifications:

Scholars in law, history and other disciplines pursuing research on legal history of any part of the world and all time periods are eligible to apply. The seminar and written materials are conducted in English, and we cannot consider non-anglophone applications. Applicants with no formal training in legal history are encouraged to apply.

Traditionally, the selection committee has sought to create a cohort of fellows with varying degrees of familiarity with the field, and welcome applications from scholars at an early stage of their career (beginning faculty members, doctoral students who have completed or almost completed their dissertations, and J.D. graduates).

Fellowship Information

The ASLH Hurst Selection Committee will select twelve Fellows to participate in this event. Applicants should be aware that it is possible that the 2021 session may be held remotely. This would, of course, be a significant change in the program, but we are committed both to supporting early career scholars and to ensuring the safe conduct of the Institute. While a virtual program would be different from an in-person one, we will do everything possible to build community that will be of lasting value to fellows. A decision will likely be made by the end of March in consultation with the ASLH Hurst Committee and accepted Fellows, in light of conditions at the time.

Application Process

Applications for the eleventh Hurst Summer Institute will be available on December 1, 2020 and accepted until January 15, 2021.

In order to apply, applicants must: 1. Submit the following materials as a single PDF document:

· Cover Letter

· Curriculum Vitae

· Research Agenda (of no more than 2,500 words) 2. Arrange to have two letters of recommendation submitted as a PDF file (Note: Recommendations must be on institutional letterhead and signed)

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than March 1, 2021. Questions Contact hurst@law.wisc.edu


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