Professor Martha S. Jones is a Presidential Bicentennial Professor, Professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studies, and a member of the Law School's Affiliated LSA Faculty where she directs the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History. Her scholarly interests include the history of race, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women in the United States. She holds a PhD in history from Columbia University and a JD from the CUNY School of Law. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, she was a public interest litigator in New York City and a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of the City of New York at Columbia University.
Professor Jones is the author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900 (2007,) co-editor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (2015,) and author of the forthcoming Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum American, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2017. Her articles have appeared in the Law and History Review, the Journal of the Civil War Era, the North Carolina Law Review, theAmerican Journal of Legal History, and numerous edited collections. Professor Jones has held fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the National Constitutional Center, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. At the University of Michigan, she is a senior fellow with the Michigan Society of Fellows and holds an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. Professor Jones' commentary on race, law and history can be found at CNN.com, the Huffington Post, the Conversation, the History News Network, and Process: The OAH Blog.