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Faculty Bio

Wilson, Lee B.

Wilson, Lee B.

Assistant Professor

Office: Hardin 002

Research Interests
Legal History, Colonial America

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 legal discourse. Currently, she is revising a book manuscript entitled Bonds of Empire: The English Law of Slavery in Plantation America, 1669-1783, in which she examines how colonists in plantation America 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)

“From Person to Thing: Legal Language and the Dehumanization of Slaves in British Plantation America, 1700-1763,” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (forthcoming)

Book Review, Matthew Mulcahy, Hubs of Empire: The Southeastern Lowcountry and British Caribbean (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), in New West Indian Guide 90 (2016): 21-22.

“Worlds of Violence,” Reviews in American History 44 (2016): 532-38.

“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.