My research interests are focused on the interaction of law and society in the American past, especially the 19th and 20th centuries. How ideas, individuals, and structures have combined to shape law and how law has determined the courses the government officials, reformers, and ordinary people have been the primary foci of my, and my students’, work. I am currently writing four different articles centered in the 1930s and 1940s, one on legal challenges to segregated draft in WWII, one on the background on the case that created doctrine of commercial speech in constitutional law, one on the extradition hearing of Robert Elliot Burns, and one on an anti-Semitic attack at Bear Mountain State Park. I welcome graduate students interested in exploring any aspects of interaction law and society in the American past. Undergraduate students interested in law and society or legal history, or planning a career in law or governmental services are particularly welcome in my classes.
Richard F. Hamm