Robert Nixon and Police Torture in Chicago, 1871-1971 (Northern Illinois University Press, 2016)

Criminal Justice in the United States, 1789-1939 (Cambridge University Press, New Histories of American Law series, 2011)

The Chicago Trunk Murder: Law and Justice at the Turn of the Century (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011)

The Rule of Justice: The People of Chicago versus Zephyr Davis (Ohio State University Press, History of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Series, 2001)

Debating—and Creating—Authority: The Failure of a Constitutional Ideal, Massachusetts Bay, 1629-1649 (Ashgate Publishing, Law, Justice and Power Series, 2001)

Recent articles and chapters

“Spelunking, or, Some Meditations on the New Presentism,” in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History, Markus D. Dubber, Christopher Tomlins, eds. (2018): 311

“Popular Justice in United States History,” in Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, Paul Knepper and Anja Johansen, eds (2016):

“The Su Bao Case and the Layers of Everyday Citizenship in China, 1894-1904,” in Multilayered Citizenship (Willem Maas, ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013): 110

“Criminal Law and Justice in America,” in Blackwell Companion to American Legal History, Sally Hadden and Alfred Brophy, eds, (2013): 422

“Reconsidering the Seventeenth-Century: Legal History in the Americas,” in Blackwell Companion to American Legal History, Sally Hadden and Alfred Brophy, eds, (2013): 7

“From Opera to Real Democracy: Popular Constitutionalism & Web 2.0,” Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies (London) 6 (March 2013): online (available at

“Popular Sovereignty: A Case Study from the Antebellum Era,” Constitutional Mythologies: New Perspectives on Controlling the State, Alain Marciano, ed. (2011): 81

“Law and History: The Garden and the Wilderness as Constitutional History,” part of a forum on Mark de Wolf Howe, The Garden and the Wilderness, Church History 71 (2010): 881