- Associate Professor of Law
Jessica Lowe specializes in 18th- and 19th-century American legal, intellectual and cultural history. She received her J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School in 2002; after law school, she clerked in the District of Connecticut and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Lowe also practiced appellate law at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where she worked on a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Lowe received her B.A. (high honors) from the University of Virginia in 1998 in political and social thought, and also studied at Yale Divinity School (1999-2000), where she was a Marquand Scholar. She received her Ph.D. in American history from Princeton University in 2014. She has held fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Princeton University Center for Human Values and the Center of Theological Inquiry (a Templeton Foundation grant), and participated in the 2013 Hurst Institute for Legal History at the University of Wisconsin. In 2011, she received the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Lowe is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
At Virginia, Lowe teaches legal history, constitutional history, and classes in crime and punishment. She is the founder of the interdisciplinary Legal History Writing Group, which brings together scholars from Law, History, Politics and Religious Studies once monthly for informal discussions of works in progress, and co-coordinates the Law School’s Legal History Workshop series. In 2013, she co-organized a conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of Charles Beard’s An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution (1913). Lowe has also served as a fellow at Brown College, the undergraduate residential college, and is a member of the Early American Studies colloquium at the International Center for Jefferson Studies.
Lowe's first book, Murder in the Shenandoah: Commonwealth v. John Crane and Law in Revolutionary Virginia, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
Lowe is on leave during the spring 2017 semester.
- Ph.D.Princeton University2014
- J.D.Harvard Law School2002
- M.A.Princeton University2011
- B.A.University of Virginia1998
Articles and Book Reviews:
Book review, J.S. Hist. (forthcoming) (reviewing Jonathan Bryant’s Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope (2015)).
“Ideas That Matter: Parting Thoughts on Charles Beard on the 100th Anniversary of an Economic Interpretation,” 29 Const. Comment. 525 (2014).
“Radicalism’s Legacy: American Legal History Since 1998,” 36 Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte 288 (2014).
Book Review, 80 J.S. Hist. 453 (2014) (reviewing Charles F. Hobson, ed., St. George Tucker’s Law Reports and Selected Papers, 1782-1825 (2013)).
“Guarding Republican Liberty: St. George Tucker and Judging in Federal Virginia” in Sally Hadden and Patricia Minter eds., Signposts: New Directions in Southern Legal History 111 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013).
“A Separate Peace? The Politics of Localized Law in the Post-Revolutionary Era.” 36 Law & Social Inquiry 788 (Summer 2011).
Murder in the Shenandoah: Commonwealth v. John Crane and Law in Revolutionary Virginia (forthcoming Cambridge University Press).
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