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Last Name
Buckner Inniss
SMU Dedman School of Law
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legal history, slavery at universities, comparative constitutionalism, intersection of gender and race
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About Me

Dr. Inniss received her undergraduate degree from Princeton and her J.D. from UCLA. She also holds an LL.M. with Distinction and a Ph.D. in Law from Osgoode Hall, York University in Canada. Her research addresses geographic, historic and visual norms of law, especially in the context of comparative constitutionalism, gender and race.

The author of dozens of articles, essays and other writings, her work has appeared in the Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and other distinguished publications in the United States and beyond. Dr. Inniss is also one of the contributors to a volume titled INTERNATIONAL LAW'S OBJECTS (Oxford University Press), which addresses legal historic and metaphoric aspects of various objects in international law. Dr. Inniss is an expert on the topic of form based code and other contemporary zoning schemes. She speaks regularly on the topic, and her work is widely cited by scholars, legal practitioners, members of the media and laypeople.

Dr. Inniss’s current major research project is a book titled THE PRINCETON FUGITIVE SLAVE: JAMES COLLINS JOHNSON, an account of race, gender, slavery and the law at Princeton University.

Recent Publications

–Book Manuscript: “The Princeton Fugitive Slave: James Collins Johnson”; under advance contract, Fordham University Press
–Book Chapter: “Ships’ Ballast as an Object of International Law,” in Jessie Hohmann and Daniel Joyce, editors, INTERNATIONAL LAW’S OBJECTS: EMERGENCE, ENCOUNTER AND ERASURE THROUGH OBJECT AND IMAGE (forthcoming 2018; Oxford University Press) (invited contribution)
–Book Chapter: “Aboriginal Women and Property Law: Kell v. Canada” in Troy Lavers, Loveday Hodson, editors FEMINIST INTERNATIONAL JUDGMENTS, (forthcoming 2018; Hart Publishers)
–Journal Article: “‘A Southern College Slipped from its Geographical Moorings’: Slavery at Princeton”,
38 SLAVERY & ABOLITION: A JOURNAL OF SLAVE AND POST-SLAVE STUDIES (2018) (invited contribution; peer reviewed).
–Journal Article: “James Collins Johnson”, in PRINCETON AND SLAVERY, published November 2017 (invited contribution; peer reviewed)
–Journal Article: “A Fugitive Slave in Princeton”, PRINCETON ALUMNI WEEKLY (October 5, 2016) 26 (invited contribution; peer reviewed)
–Journal Article: “Cherokee Freedmen and the Color of Belonging”, 5 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF RACE AND LAW 100 (2015) (cited as part of the historical background in the August 30, 2017 opinion of the United States District Court, District of Columbia in the case of The Cherokee Nation v. Nash, granting tribal rights to black Cherokee.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
USA, Canada
Expertise by Geography
Caribbean, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Law, Public History, Slavery, Women