Dean Risa Goluboff Wins American Society for Legal History Book Award for 'Vagrant Nation'

Award is Fourth Major Honor for Book, Which Explores Vagrancy Laws and Their Decline
Risa Goluboff

“Vagrant Nation” explores how and why vagrancy laws that had been on the books for hundreds of years rapidly collapsed in the span of two decades.

October 28, 2017

Dean Risa Goluboff of the University of Virginia School of Law has won the John Phillip Reid Book Award from the American Society for Legal History for “Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s.”

The award is the fourth major honor for the book, published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. The society considers both senior and mid-career scholars for the award.

“I am thrilled that my fellow legal historians find the book deserving of this honor,” Goluboff said.

The book, her second, has also received this year’s Littleton-Griswold Prize, Lillian Smith Book Award and David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History.

“Vagrant Nation” explores how and why vagrancy laws that had been on the books for hundreds of years rapidly collapsed in the span of two decades.

Goluboff is an expert in constitutional law and legal history whose first book, “The Lost Promise of Civil Rights,” won the 2010 Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award and the 2008 James Willard Hurst Prize.

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