James Willard Hurst Jr. Prize Winners



Title and Publisher

2017 Heather Thompson
University of Michigan
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
Pantheon Books, 2016
2016 Felice Batlan
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863–1945
Cambridge University Press 2015
2015 Mitra Sharafi
University of Wisconsin


Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture, 1772–1947
Cambridge University Press, 2014
2014 Nicholas Parrillo
Yale Law School
Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 
Yale University Press 2013
2013 John Witt
Yale University

Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History
The Free Press

2012 Amy Chazkel (co-winner)

Daniel J. Sharfstein(co-winner)
Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Urban Public Life,  Duke University Press

The Invisible Line:  Three American Families and the Secret Journey From Black to White, Penguin Press

2011 Inga Markovits (co-winner)

Christopher Tomlins (co-winner)
Justice in Luritz: Experiencing Socialist Law in East Germany,
Princeton University Press

Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865, Cambridge University Press
2010 Peggy Pascoe What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America, Oxford University Press
2009 James A. Brundage (co-winner)

Ariela J. Gross (co-winner)

The Medieval Origins of the Legal Profession: Canonists, Civilians, and Courts,  University of Chicago Press

What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America, Harvard University Press

2008 Risa L. Goluboff (co-winner)

Mary Dewhurst Lewis(co-winner)

The Lost Promise of Civil Rights,  Harvard University Press

The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France, 1918 1940, Stanford University Press

2007 Nancy McLean Freedom Is Not Enough, The Opening Up of the American Workplace, Harvard University Press
2006 Holly Brewer By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press
2005 John Fabian Witt The Accidental Republic: Crippled Workingmen, Destitute Widows, and the Remaking of American Law Harvard University Press, 2004
2004 Bruce H. Mann (co-winner)

Daniel Lord Smail

Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence, Harvard University Press

The Consumption of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423, Cornell University Press

2003 Lauren Benton Law and Colonial Cultures, Cambridge University Press
2002 Sally Engle Merry Colonizing Hawai'i: The Cultural Power of Law, Princeton University Press
2000 Victoria Saker Woeste The Farmer's Benevolent Trust: Law and Agricultural Cooperation in Industrial America, 1865-1945, University of North Carolina Press
1998 Leslie J. Reagan When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine and Law in the United States, 1867-1973, University of California Press
1996 Marianne Constable The Law of the Other: The Mixed Jury and the Changing Conceptions of Citizenship, Law and Knowledge, University of Chicago Press
1994 Christopher L. Tomlins Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic, Cambridge University Press
1992 Theodore L. Steinberg

Constance B. Backhouse (co-winner)
Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England, Cambridge University Press

Petticoats and Prejudice: Woman and Law in Nineteenth Century Canada, Osgoode Society of Women's Press
1990 Martin J. Sklar (co-winner)

G. Edward White (co-winner)
Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916, Cambridge University Press

The Marshall Court and Cultural Change, 1815-35, MacMillan Press
1988 David Langum (co-winner)

Arthur McEvoy (co-winner)
Law and Community on the Mexican-California Frontier, University of Oklahoma Press
The Fisherman's Problem, Cambridge University Press
1986 Edward Ayers (co-winner)
Richard Ferguson (co-winner)
Vengeance and Justice, Oxford University Press
Law and Letters in American Culture, Harvard University Press
1984 Peter H. Irons New Deal Lawyers, Princeton University Press
1982 Lawrence Friedman and 
Robert Percival
The Roots of Justice : Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910. University of North Carolina Press

Joseph H. Smith and 
Julius H. Goebel
The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary. Columbia University Press