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Amalia D. Kessler
Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies

Affiliations & Honors

Professional Affiliations

  • Invited Member, Program Committee of the Law and Society Association (2015)
  • Invited Member, Editorial Board of Law and Social Inquiry (2013-2015)
  • Invited Member, Editorial Board of Law and History Review (2013-2015)
  • Invited Member, Herbert Jacob Book Prize Committee, Law and Society Association (2013)
  • Elected Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law (starting 2012)
  • Invited Member, Executive Committee of the American Society for Legal History (2011-2014)
  • Elected Member, Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History (2011-2014)
  • Co-Chair, Program Committee of the American Society for Legal History (2011)
  • Invited Member, J. Willard Hurst Book Prize Committee, Law and Society Association (2011)
  • Elected Member, Executive Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law (2009-10; 2010-11)
  • Elected Member, Nominating Committee of the American Society for Legal History (2008-2010)
  • Co-Director, Law and History Workshop, Stanford Humanities Center (2008-09)
  • Associate Editor (Book Reviews, Non-Americas), Law and History Review (2007-2012)
  • Chair, American Association of Law Schools Section on Comparative Law (2010)
  • Elected Member, Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Comparative Law (2007-09)
  • Invited Member, Program Committee of the American Society for Legal History (2006; 2010)
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Yale University Press; Oxford University Press; Law and History Review; The Journal of Economic History; Law and Social Inquiry; The Journal of Modern History; Journal of Law, Economics and Organization
  • Grant/Fellowship Reviewer, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Program; Agence nationale de la recherche (France)
  • Director/Editor (representing Stanford), American Society of Comparative Law
  • Local Organizer, Annual Meeting of Mouvement Jeune Notariat (organization of French notaries/transactional lawyers), San Francisco, CA (Nov. 18-24, 2007)
  • Member, American Society for Legal History, Law and Society Association, American Historical Association, & Society for French Historical Studies
  • Admitted to New York and Massachusetts Bars (2000)

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Violet Andrews Whittier Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center (2013-14)
  • Winner, Hessel Yntema Prize, awarded by the American Society of Comparative Law for the “most outstanding” article by a scholar under 40 appearing in volume 58 of the American Journal of Comparative Law (2011)
  • Winner, J. Russell Major Prize, awarded by the American Historical Association for the best book in English on any aspect of French history (2008)
  • Invitee, Workshop on Common Law Legal Transplants, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University (May-August 2008)
  • Recipient, Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2007-2008), supporting one year of research
  • Recipient, 2005 Surrency Prize for "Enforcing Virtue: Social Norms and Self-Interest in an Eighteenth-Century Merchant Court, 22 Law and History Review 71 (2004)
  • Recipient, Special Commendation Award, U.S. Department of Justice (December 2002)
  • Recipient, Performance Award, U.S. Department of Justice (December 2002)
  • Recipient, Star Award for legal representation, U.S. Department of the Interior (September 2002)
  • Recipient, Dean’s Research Funds—research on 18th-century French merchant law and practice (Cambridge, MA, Summer-Fall 1999)
  • Recipient, Yale Center for Studies in Law, Economics & Public Policy/Olin Research Grant—research in 18th-century merchant-court archives (Paris, Summer 1997 )
  • Recipient, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship (Regensburg, Summer 1995)
  • Recipient, Carolyn E. Agger Endowment for Women in Law, Postgraduate Grant
  • Recipient, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Summer Research
  • Recipient, Lucy Allen Patton Senior Prize
  • Recipient, John Harvard and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarships
  • Recipient, Detur Prize
  • Recipient, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies Research Grant