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Mary L. Dudziak

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Mary L. Dudziak is Director of the Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society, and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor (designate) at Emory University School of Law

Career Highlights

Mary L. Dudziak began her teaching career at the University of Iowa College of Law, while simultaneously pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale. She moved to the University of Southern California Law School, first as a Visiting Professor, in 1997. In 2001 she was named the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Professor of Law, with joint appointments in History and Political Science. In 2012 she moved to Emory University, where she is Director of the new, interdisciplinary Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society, and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor (designate). 

Professor Dudziak's scholarship has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University, and others.  She was the John Hope Franklin Chair in American Legal History as a Visiting Professor at Duke Law School in the fall of 2011, a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Maryland School of Law in fall 2008, and the William Nelson Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in 2005-06. Her newest book, War Time:  An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences, appeared in 2012 from Oxford University Press.  Her next project, How War Made America: A 20th Century History, is under contract with Oxford University Press.

She founded theLegal History Blog, and she currently blogs at Balkinization.



War Time:  An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences(Oxford University Press, 2012)

Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey (Oxford University Press, 2008)(paperback Princeton University Press, 2011).

Cold War Civil Rights:  Race and the Image of American Democracy(Princeton University Press, 2000; 2nd ed. 2011).


Teaching Interests:

Constitutional Law, Foreign Relations Law, Law and War in 20th Century America, 20th Century U.S. Constitutional History, Civil Rights History, Comparative Constitutional Law


Dudziak lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. with her her husband Bill, her dog Frank, and two kittens.  Her daughter Alicia is a college senior.








Education, Fellowships and Honors

Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University

M.A., M.Phil. American Studies, Yale University

J.D. Yale Law School

A.B. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Guggenheim Fellowship


Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Member of School of Social Science


American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowship


Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians


Rockefeller Foundation Residency at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy


Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award 2001 and 2011 (book awards for Cold War Civil Rights and Exporting American Dreams)


Program on Law and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Fellowship


Organization of American Historians-Japanese Association for American Studies Fellowship for Short-Term Residency in Japan


Moody Grant, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation


Theodore C. Sorenson Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation


Scholars Development Award, Harry S. Truman Library Institute


For full list, go to: 

Curriculum Vita