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Constitutional history, legal history, property, federalism


Cynthia L. Nicoletti

Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2003
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2010
M.A., University of Virginia, 2004
B.A., University of Virginia, 1999

Cynthia Nicoletti is a legal historian and an associate professor of law at Virginia Law. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the William Nelson Cromwell Prize for the best dissertation in legal history, American Society for Legal History, in 2011. She is working on a book, The Great Question of the War: The Legal Status of Secession in the Aftermath of the American Civil War, 1865-1869.

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Book Manuscript, The Fragility of Union: Secession in the Aftermath of the American Civil War, 1865-1869 (under review, Cambridge University Press, Studies in Legal History Series).

“The Disputed Legality of the Emancipation Proclamation, 1862-1865” (under review).

“State Equality and Inequality Under the Constitution” (in progress).

“Reimagining the Union: The Contours of Federalism in the Aftermath of the Civil War” (in progress).

“Writing the Social History of Doctrine,” Buffalo Law Review (forthcoming, spring 2016).

“Strategic Litigation and the Death of Reconstruction,” in Signposts: New Directions in Southern Legal History, eds. Sally Hadden and Patricia Minter (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013).

“The American Civil War as a Trial by Battle,” Law & Hist. Rev. 28 (February 2010): 71.

“Did Secession Really Die at Appomattox?: The Strange Case of U.S. v. Jefferson Davis,” U. Tol. L. Rev. 41 (2010): 587.

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