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Gautham Rao

Assistant Professor Department of History

Gautham Rao is a legal historian of revolutionary America and the Early American Republic. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Samuel I. Golieb Fellow of Legal History at the New York University School of Law, and has served as a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His first book, National Duties: Custom Houses and the Making of the American State was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2016. He is currently working on projects about the legal history of slavery and the law of conspiracy in American history. He is also co-authoring a historian's amicus brief on the meaning of the Foreign Emoluments Clause for the case Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) v. Donald J. Trump. In November, 2017 he will become the Editor of Law and History Review, the leading scholarly journal of legal history. At American University, Rao teaches a wide range of courses, including General Education courses Why Big Government?, American Encounters and Social Forces that Shaped America, as well as graduate offerings such as Colloquium in U.S. History 1, Research Seminar, and The Historian's Craft.

Degrees

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

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Office
CAS - History
Battelle Tompkins - 157
Tuesday 1-4 PM
Contact Info
(202) 885-6745

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Teaching

  • Spring 2017

    • HIST-500 Studies in History: American Revol to Republic
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  • Fall 2017

    • GNED-140 General Education Area 4 Topic: Why Big Government
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