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[Photo]: Victoria Saker Woeste

Victoria Saker Woeste

Campus Address: Inlow Hall 333
Phone: 317-274-8087
Email: vwoeste@iupui.edu


Visiting Associate Professor of Law and American Studies


B.A., University of Virginia, 1983 M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1985 Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1990

Academic Interests

Twentieth-century U.S. legal history (history of regulation, political economy, constitutionalism) Judicial biography First Amendment history (group libel, hate speech) Agricultural history, farmers' movements, California and Western U.S. Law and society


Fall 2010 Law 850 Seminar in American Legal History American Studies 303A From Political Speech to Hate Speech Spring 2011 Natural Resources Law American Studies 303A From Political Speech to Hate Speech


National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2006-2007 Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2006-2007 Rabbi Joachim Prinz Memorial Fellowship, American Jewish Archives, 2003-2004 J. Willard Hurst Prize, 2000, awarded by the Law and Society Association for the best book on socio-legal history published in 1998 and 1999; Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 1999 (for The Farmer’s Benevolent Trust) Friends of the Princeton University Library Visiting Fellowship, 1996-97 Herman E. Krooss Dissertation Prize, 1993, awarded by the Business History Conference for the best dissertation completed between 1990 and 1993


Books: Henry Ford’s War: Law, Antisemitism, and Speech in the Tribal 1920s (under advance contract with Stanford University Press; projected publication date Fall 2011) The Farmer's Benevolent Trust: Law and Agricultural Cooperation in Industrial America, 1865-1945. Studies in Legal History Series. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Articles: “Lawrence Friedman and the Bane of Functionalism,” in Robert W. Gordon, ed., Law, Society and History: Essays on Themes in the Legal History and Legal Sociology of Lawrence M. Friedman (Cambridge Series on Law and Society, Sally Engle Merry, general editor, Cambridge University Press, in press; forthcoming 2011) “‘It Is Our Choices That Show What We Truly Are’: Moral Choice in the Harry Potter Novels.” Published on SSRN (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1576808) Mar. 22, 2010 “Agriculture and the State, 1790-2000.” In Christopher Tomlins and Michael Grossberg, eds., The Cambridge History of Law in America, Vol. III: The Twentieth Century and After (1920-) (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 522-62 “Insecure Equality: Louis Marshall, Henry Ford, and the Problem of Defamatory Antisemitism, 1920-1929.” Journal of American History, 2004. “Land Monopoly, Agribusiness, and the State: Discovering the Family Farm in Twentieth-Century California.” In Robert Johnston and Catherine McNichol Stock, eds., The Countryside in the Age of the Modern State: Political Histories of Rural America (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2001). Reprinted in Analyzing Law’s Reach (American Bar Foundation, 2008), 599-619 “Creating an Agricultural Trust: Law and Cooperation in California, 1890-1922.” Law and History Review, 1992. “The Great Writ, Federalism, and Extra-Judicial Politics: The Conference of Chief Justices, 1949-1964,” in Federalism and the Judicial Mind, ed. Harry N. Scheiber (Berkeley: Institute of Intergovernmental Studies, 1992), 131-47


Consultant, The People v. Leo Frank, documentary film, Ben Loeterman Productions for Frontline, PBS, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2008-09) Member, Steering Committee, Court History Association, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois, since 2007 Section Editor, Aurora: Seeing the American Past, Digital History Project, William Thomas and Edward Ayers, Principal Investigators, 2007-2009 Member, Steering Committee, Planning Archives for the Dot-Com Era, with David Kirsch, 2004-2006 Supreme Court of Canada, File #28425, Estate of Manish Odhavji, deceased, et al., v. Detective Martin Woodhouse et al. (on appeal from the Court of Appeal for the Province of Ontario), supplied references and annotated bibliography on excessive use of force by police and the impact of citizen suits on social-historical change for Peter Pliszka, law firm of Fasken Martineau, Toronto, Canada, 2002 Invited Participant, Law, Business, and Society Project Meeting, Virginia Center for Digital History, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, June 9-10, 2000 Editorial Consultant, History of Law in America, ed. Christopher Tomlins and Michael Grossberg, Cambridge University Press, January 22-23, 2000 Wayne D. Rasmussen Award Committee, Agricultural History Society, 2010-12 Founder and Co-Chair, ABF/Illinois Legal History Seminar, 2005-2009 Co-Chair, Conference in Honor of Harry N. Scheiber, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, September 15, 2006 Associate Editor, Enterprise and Society, 2005-2007 American Society for Legal History: Board of Directors (elected position), 2010-2012, 1996-1998; 2010-12 Cromwell Prize Committee; 2004 Program Committee (chair); 2006-08 Surrency Prize Committee (chair, 2008); 2001 Local Arrangements Committee (chair); 1999-2002 Nominating Committee (chair, 2001-2002) (elected position); 1997-2000 Membership Committee; 1992 Program Committee Law and Society Association: Jacobs Prize Committee, 2004; Committee on Honors, 2001; Board of Trustees, 2000-2002 (elected position); Nominating Committee, 2000, 2003; 1999 Local Arrangements Committee (co-chair); J. Willard Hurst Book Prize Committee, 2002 (chair), 1998, 1994; Graduate Student Workshop Planning Committee, 1996-1997; 1991-1992; faculty member, 1997, 1992, 1990; 1995 Program Committee Law and Social Inquiry, Co-editor, 1997-2002; Associate Editor, 1995-1997 Nominator, MacArthur Fellows Program, 2000-2001 Manuscript Reviewer: Business History Review, Law and History Review, Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Enterprise and Society, Journal of Economic History, Agricultural History Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation, 1996-2002 Board of Editors, H-Law, American Society for Legal History, 1995-2003 Board of Editors, H-California, California Studies Association, 1996-2002

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