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Three Duke history students in international legal history competition

Three Duke history students in international legal history competition

They were selected for the Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin

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Durham, NC - Two current Duke history graduate students, Fahad Bishara and Mitch Fraas, and former history doctoral student, Felicity Turner, have been selected for the Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin.

Bishara, Fraas, and Turner were selected in an international competition open to advanced graduate students, post-doctoral students and early assistant professors. They will join nine other young legal historians at the Institute, which involves two weeks of intensive engagement with senior scholars in the field. 

"The institute gives early career legal historians the chance to engage intensively with several eminent scholars in the field, as well as exceptionally talented peers. They have the opportunity to build intellectual networks that can last for years," said Edward Balleisan, Duke associate professor of legal history. "The selection of these three Duke history graduate students underscores the department's reputation as one of the country's leading graduate programs in legal history, as well as its impressive geographic and chronological range."

Bishara's dissertation, "A Sea of Debt: Law, Empire and Commercial Society in the Western Indian Ocean, 1850-1940," explores the relationship between Islamic contract culture and Anglo-Indian legal regime.

Fraas's work details the legal cultures of Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta, India during the mid-eighteenth century. He is also interested in the evolution of legal documents and legal printing.

Turner is a postdoctoral fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. She graduated from Duke in May 2010 after completing her dissertation, "Narrating Infanticide: Constructing the Modern Gendered State in Nineteenth-Century America."

For a full list of fellows, visit http://law.wisc.edu/ils/hurst_summer_institute/2011fellowsbios.html.