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Amy Dru Stanley

Amy Dru Stanley's research and teaching explore American history, from the early Republic through the Progressive Era. Methodologically, she works at the intersection legal, intellectual, and social history. She is especially interested in the history of capitalism, slavery, and emancipation, as well as the historical experience of moral problems. Recent articles include “Instead of Waiting for the Thirteenth Amendment: The War Power, Slave Marriage, and Inviolate Human Rights,” published in the American Historical Review. Her book From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation has received the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize in 1999 for the best first book in U.S. History, the Morris D. Forkosch Award for the best book in intellectual history, and the Avery O. Craven Award for the best book on the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Her essays have also appeared in the New York Times and The Nation. Awards include research fellowships from the American Bar Foundation and New York University School of Law, and a University of Chicago Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. A graduate of Yale University and Princeton University, Stanley has also taught at University of California–Irvine, Howard University, and Yale University.

Professor Stanley is on leave for the 2014-15 school year as Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values.