Goluboff’s 'Vagrant Nation' Wins American Historical Association Prize

Award Is the Third Major Honor for Professor’s Look at Vagrancy Laws and Civil Rights
Risa Goluboff

Goluboff is the Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and a professor of history at the University of Virginia. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. in history and sociology from Harvard College.

October 10, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law Dean Risa Goluboff has won the American Historical Association's 2017 Littleton-Griswold Prize, the third major award for her recent book, “Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s.”

Her book has also received the 2017 Lillian Smith Book Award and the 2017 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History.

Published in 2016 by Oxford University Press, “Vagrant Nation” explores how and why vagrancy laws that had been on the books for hundreds of years rapidly collapsed in the span of two decades.

Goluboff is an expert in constitutional law and legal history whose first book, “The Lost Promise of Civil Rights,” won the 2010 Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award and the 2008 James Willard Hurst Prize.

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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