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Gautham Rao

Assistant Professor
Department of History

  • Gautham Rao is a historian of revolutionary America and the Early American Republic. He specializes in legal history and the history of capitalism and the state. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Chicago and has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia. In 2007-8, he was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow of Legal History at the New York University School of Law. He is currently working on his first book, tentatively titled At the Water's Edge: Customhouses, Politics, Governance and the Origins of the Early American State (under contract with the University of Chicago Press). His article, "The Federal Posse Comitatus Doctrine: Slavery, Compulsion, and Statecraft in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America," received the Erwin Surrency Award from the American Society for Legal History, and the James Madison Prize from the Society for the History of the Federal Government. He currently serves as the Chair of the Kathryn T. Preyer Competition for the American Society for Legal History, and on the editorial board of Law and History Review.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D., 2008, University of Chicago M.A., 2002, University of Chicago A.B., 2000, University of Chicago

  • CAS - History
  • Battelle Tompkins - 157

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