Robert J. Steinfeld

Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad Professor of Civil Justice

Research Focus: Constitutional History, Legal History, Property Law

Links: Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

725 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
Phone: 716-645- 2094
Email: steinfel@buffalo.edu

Faculty Assistant: Deborah L. Nasisi

Books

“TO SAVE THE PEOPLE FROM THEMSELVES”: THE PROBLEM OF POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF EARLY AMERICAN JUDICIAL REVIEW (forthcoming)

COERCION, CONTRACT, AND FREE LABOR IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (ed.) (Cambridge University Press: 2001)
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THE INVENTION OF FREE LABOR: THE EMPLOYMENT RELATION IN ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LAW AND CULTURE, 1350-1870 (University of North Carolina Press: 1991)
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Journal Articles

The Rejection of Horizontal Judicial Review During America's Colonial Period, CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF LAW vol. 2(1): 214-233 (2015)
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Free Wage Labor and the Suffrage in Nineteenth Century England, ZEITSCHRIFT DER SABIGNY-STIFTUNG FUR RECHTSGESCHICTE GERMANISTISCHE ABTEILUNG (2006) vol. 123 p. 266
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Coercion, Contract and Free Labor, A Reply, BUFFALO LAW REVIEW (2003) vol. 51 p. 893
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Subjectship, Citizenship, and the Long History of Immigration Regulation, LAW & HISTORY REVIEW (2001) vol. 19 p. 645
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Property and Suffrage in the Early American Republic, STANFORD LAW REVIEW (1989) vol. 41 p. 335
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Book Chapters

The Early Anti-Majoritarian Rationale for Judicial Review in Transformations, TRANSFORMATIONS IN AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF PROFESSOR MORTON J. HORWITZ (Daniel Hamilton and Alfred Brophy, ed.) (Harvard University Press: 2011)
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Suffrage and the Terms of Labor, HUMAN CAPITAL AND INSTITUTIONS: A LONG RUN VIEW (Cambridge University Press: 2009) p. 267
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Freedom of Contract and Freedom of Person, REPUBLICANISM AND LIBERALISM IN AMERICA AND THE GERMAN STATES (2001) p. 281-298
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Changing Legal Conceptions of Free Labor, THE TERMS OF LABOR: SLAVERY, SERFDOM, AND FREE LABOR (1999) p. 137-167
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Labor - Free or Coerced? An Historical Reassessment of Differences and Similarities, FREE AND UNFREE LABOUR : THE DEBATE CONTINUES (with Stanley L. Engerman) (T. Brass & M. van der Linden, ed.) (Peter Lang Pub.: 1997) p. 107
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The Struggle Over Alternative Legal Constructions of a Free Market in Labor: The Philadelphia Cordwainers' Case of 1806, LABOR LAW IN AMERICA: HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL ESSAYS (Christopher Tomlins and Andrew King, ed.) (Johns Hopkins University Press: 1992) p. 20-43
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Book Reviews

Review of Robert J. Cottrol, THE LONG, LINGERING SHADOW: SLAVERY, RACE AND LAW IN THE AMERICAN HEMISPHERE (University of Georgia Press, 2013), THE JOURNAL OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA (Forthcoming)

Review of Philip Hamburger, LAW AND JUDICIAL DUTY: THE ORIGINS OF JUDICIAL REVIEW (Harvard University Press, 2008), LAW & HISTORY REVIEW (2010) vol. 28 p. 865
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Review of Jamie L. Bronstein, CAUGHT IN THE MACHINERY (Stanford U. Press, 2007), LAW & HISTORY REVIEW (2009) vol. 27 p. 211
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Review of Douglas Hay and Paul Craven, MASTERS, SERVANTS, AND MAGISTRATES IN BRITAIN AND THE EMPIRE, 1562-1955 (2004), LAW & HISTORY REVIEW (2007) vol. 25 p. 412
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Review of Mark Curthoys, GOVERNMENTS, LABOUR, AND THE LAW IN MID-VICTORIAN BRITAIN (2004), LAW & HISTORY REVIEW (2007) vol. 25 p. 662
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Review of Daniel J. Hulsebosch, CONSTITUTING EMPIRE: NEW YORK AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF CONSTITUTIONALISM IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD, 1664-1830 (2005), JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES (October  2006) vol. 45 p. 900
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Review of Bruce Mann, REPUBLIC OF DEBTORS: BANKRUPTCY IN THE AGE OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE (2002), JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY (2003) vol. 63 p. 895
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Review of Gunther Peck, REINVENTING FREE LABOR: PADRONES AND IMMIGRANT WORKERS IN THE NORTH AMERICAN WEST, (2000), LAW & HISTORY REVIEW (2003) vol. 21 p. 633
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Review of Gary Minda, BOYCOTT IN AMERICA: HOW IMAGINATION AND IDEOLOGY SHAPE THE LEGAL MIND (1999), LAW & HISTORY REVIEW (2002) vol. 20 p. 437
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Review of Joanne Pope Melish, DISOWNING SLAVERY: GRADUAL EMANCIPATION AND "RACE" IN NEW ENGLAND, 1780-1860 (1998), LAW & HISTORY REVIEW (2000) vol. 18 p. 470
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Interactive Electronic Publications

Fee Simple Absolute, CALI Lesson (2001)
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Restraints on Alienation, CALI Lesson (2001)

The Estate in Fee Tail, CALI Lesson (2001)
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The Life Estate, CALI Lesson (2001)
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