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- Ph.D History, The Johns Hopkins University, 2001
- M.A. History, The Johns Hopkins University, 1998
- M.A. History, The University of New Orleans, 1996
- B.A. Spring Hill College, 1984, summa cum laude
- Colonial, Revolutionary and Early National America/U.S.
- Early American legal culture
- Early Native American History
- History of the Atlantic World
Research Interests and Publications
Dr. Ellen Pearson is the recipient of the 2012 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Pearson is the author of Remaking Custom: Law and Identity in the Early American Republic (University of Virginia Press, 2011). Her recent publications include book chapters on the legal rights of free people of color in antebellum New Orleans and American legal scholars' interpretations of the common law, published by Louisiana State University and Johns Hopkins University Presses, and she is a contributor to the The Blackwell Companion to American Legal History, (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2013).
Professor Pearson has served as faculty for a National Endowment for the Humanities Workshop entitled "Wiping Away the Tears: Renewing Cherokee Culture and American History through the Cherokee Heritage Center and the Trail of Tears." She has given papers at conferences for the New England American Studies Association, the American Society for Legal History, and the Organization of American Historians.