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University of Chicago
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U.S. legal history, constitutional law, U.S. intellectual history of the 18th-19th centuries, federalism
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Alison LaCroix is Robert Newton Reid Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She is also an Associate Member of the University of Chicago Department of History. Professor LaCroix received her BA summa cum laude in history from Yale University in 1996 and her JD from Yale Law School in 1999. She received her PhD in history from Harvard University in 2007. Before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 2006, she was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law. From 1999 to 2001, she practiced in the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. While in law school, Professor LaCroix served as Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities.

Professor LaCroix is the author of The Ideological Origins of American Federalism (Harvard University Press, 2010) and a co-editor of two volumes on law and literature. She is currently working on a book on American constitutional discourse between 1815 and 1861 titled The Interbellum Constitution: Union, Commerce, and Slavery From the Long Founding Moment to the Civil War (under contract, Yale University Press).

Her teaching and research interests include legal history, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, law and linguistics, and law and literature.

Recent Publications

The Ideological Origins of American Federalism (Harvard University Press, 2010)

“The Interbellum Constitution: Federalism in the Long Founding Moment,” 67 Stanford Law Review 397 (2015)

“The Shadow Powers of Article I,” 123 Yale Law Journal 2044 (2014)

“The Rooms Where It Happened” (reviewing Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: An American Musical and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarte, Hamilton: The Revolution), The New Rambler, May 23, 2016.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Law