Selected Writings

Slavery and Abolition

“The Mississippi Bubble in Haiti,” in Boom, Bust, and Beyond: New Perspectives on the 1720 Stock Market Bubble, ed. Stefano Condorelli and Daniel Menning (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019), 95-116.

“‘No Body to be Kicked’? Monopoly, Financial Crisis, and Popular Revolt in 18th-Century Haiti and America,” Law and Literature 28, no. 3 (2016): 403-431.  Post-print here; version of record here.

“Law, Atlantic Revolutionary Exceptionalism, and the Haitian Declaration of Independence,” in The Haitian Declaration of Independence, ed. Julia Gaffield (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, Jan. 2016).

“The Antislavery Script: Haiti’s Place in the Narrative of Atlantic Revolution,” in Scripting Revolution: A Historical Approach to the Comparative Study of Revolutions, ed. Keith M. Baker and Dan Edelstein (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015).

The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

“Prosecuting Torture: The Strategic Ethics of Slavery in Pre-Revolutionary Saint-Domingue,” Law and History Review 29, no. 4 (2011): 985-1029.  © American Society for Legal History, Inc., 2011.

“The Colonial Vendée,” in The World of the Haitian Revolution, ed. Norman Fiering and David Patrick Geggus (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009), 156-176.

“Slavery and Citizenship in the Age of the Atlantic Revolutions,” Historical Reflections 29, no. 1 (2003) (free online access via

“The Slave’s Two Bodies: The Life of an American Legal Fiction,” The William and Mary Quarterly 60, No. 4 (Oct., 2003): 809-842. (free online access via

Constitutional Law and History

“Accommodating Empire: Comparing French and American Paths to the Legalization of Gay Marriage,” 88 Southern California Law Review 511.

“Religious Liberty and the Financial War on Terror,” First Amendment Law Review 12 (Fall 2013): 139-236.

“Of ‘Scalpels’ and ‘Sledgehammers’: Religious Liberty and the Policing of Muslim Charities in Britain and America Since 9/11,” 9 UCLA Journal of Near Eastern and Islamic Law 25 (2010).

From Emergency Law to Legal Process: Herbert Wechsler and the Second World War (with Daniel Gordon), Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2007.

Other Writings

“On the Constitutional Void in Haiti,” précis (MIT Center for International Studies), Fall 2021/Winter 2022.

“How the U.S. Could Really Help Haiti,” Americas Quarterly, July 12, 2021.

“Impeaching for Imperialism,” Boston Review, Feb. 20, 2020.

“Black Histories Matter” (with Erica Caple James), Perspectives on History 53, no. 6 (Sept. 2015).