I am a member of the research faculty at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, where I study the history of American law. My particular interests include the history of the Constitution, civil rights, and hate speech. I hold a Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California at Berkeley and am the author of two books: The Farmer's Benevolent Trust: Law and Agricultural Cooperation in Industrial America (North Carolina, 1998), and Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech (Stanford, 2012). In 2016 I was the Democratic nominee for Indiana House Representative District 26 (Tippecanoe County).