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Dr Melissa Milewski

Post:Senior Lecturer in American History (History)
Location:ARTS A A165

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UK:01273 877932
International:+44 1273 877932

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Melissa Milewski earned her B.A. in U.S. History from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in U.S. History from New York University. After obtaining her Ph.D., she was a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences from 2011-2012. She then taught at Columbia University from the fall of 2012 to fall 2015, first as an ACLS New Faculty Fellow and then as a Visiting Scholar and Instructor in the Department of History and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.  She is currently a Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Sussex in England. 

Dr.Milewski recently completed a book examining civil cases between white and black Southerners, entitled Litigating Across the Color Line: Civil Cases Between Black and White Southerners from the End of Slavery to Civil Rights, which will be published by Oxford University Press in October of 2017.  Through an examination of more than 1300 cases involving black litigants from 1865 to 1950, she found that African Americans were surprisingly successful against white southerners in certain kinds of civil cases.  Her book examines how black southerners negotiated the system of Jim Crow and an almost all-white legal system to at times win cases against whites.  Her article on this subject, “From Slave to Litigant: African Americans in the Court in the Postwar South, 1865-1920,” was published in the August 2012 Law & History Review. She is also the author of the award-winning book, Before the Manifesto: The Life Writings of Mary Lois Walker Morris.

Dr. Milewski is now working on a grassroots history of American women and the law which examines the ways in which ordinary women across America used the courts in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including suits by black and white women in the U.S. South, Mormon women in the U.S. West, and immigrant women in the U.S. North.

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