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Faculty Bio

Wilson, Lee B.

Wilson, Lee B.

Assistant Professor

Office: Hardin 002

Ph.D., University of Virginia (2014); J.D., Fordham University (2006)

Lee B. Wilson is a historian of colonial British America and the early modern Atlantic world. Her research interests include the legal history of early American slave societies, colonial property law and land use, and maritime law. Currently, she is revising a book manuscript entitled Masters of Law: English Legal Culture and the Law of Slavery in Colonial South Carolina and the British Atlantic World, 1669-1783, in which she examines how ordinary South Carolina colonists used their knowledge of English law to expand their plantation and mercantile enterprises. Dr. Wilson received her J.D. from Fordham University, and she worked for three years as a litigator handling complex insurance coverage matters, including multi-billion dollar claims related to the World Trade Center disaster. Her work has been supported by the American Historical Association, the Harvard University and Cambridge University History Project, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, and the Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities.

Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“A ‘Manifest Violation’ of the Rights of Englishmen: Rights-Talk and the Law of Property in Early Eighteenth-Century Jamaica,” Law and History Review 33 (2015): 543-75.