Dylan C. Penningroth

Office Hours: 
By appointment — Thursday, 3–4:30 p.m. (Spring 2018)
423 North Addition, Law School
(510) 664-4985

Johns Hopkins University, M.A. 1996, Ph.D. in History 2000

Yale University, B.A. with Distinction in History, May 1993 

2015-               Professor of Law and History, University of California at Berkeley
2007-15           Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
2002-15           Visiting Assistant, Associate, and Professor, History Department, Northwestern
1999-2002       Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Virginia
2013-14           Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship
2013-17           MacArthur Fellowship
2012                Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll
2011-14           Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern
2009-12           National Science Foundation Award (#0921883), “Local Courts and African American Life” (3-year grant)
2009                EBSCOhost/America: History and Life Award, Organization of American Historians (for article “The Claims of Slaves and Ex-Slaves”)
2008                Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, Northwestern
2008-10           Wayne V. Jones Research Professorship in History, Northwestern
2006-07           National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Newberry Library
2005-14           Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians
2006                Lane Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern
2004                Avery O. Craven Award, Organization of American Historians
1998-99           Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies, University of Virginia
1998                Huggins-Quarles Award, Organization of American Historians
1998                W. M. Keck Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Fellowship, Huntington Library
1994-98           Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, Johns Hopkins
1997-98           Sawyer Seminar Fellowship, Mellon Foundation, Johns Hopkins
1997                Southern History Research Fellowship, Johns Hopkins
1996                Travel Grant, Institute for Global Studies, Johns Hopkins
1996                Smithsonian Graduate Summer Fellowship, National Museum of American History 
Representative Publications: 
“Writing Slavery’s History,” Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, 23, no. 2 (2009), 13-20 (invited essay)
“African American Divorce in Virginia and Washington DC, 1865-1930,” Journal of Family History, vol. 33, no. 1 (2008), 21-35 
“The Claims of Slaves and Ex-Slaves to Family and Property: A Transatlantic Comparison,” American Historical Review 112, no. 4 (2007), 1039-69 (winner of biennial EBSCOhost/America: History and Life Award, Organization of American Historians)
“My People, My People: The Dynamics of Community in Southern Slavery,” 166-76, in New Studies in the History of American Slavery, ed. Edward E. Baptist and Stephanie M.H. Camp, University of Georgia Press, 2006
The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003 (winner of Avery Craven Award, OAH)
“Slavery, Freedom, and Social Claims to Property Among African-Americans in Liberty County, Georgia, 1850-1880,” Journal of American History 84 (Sept. 1997), 405-35. Reprinted in The Old South: New Studies of Society and Culture, ed. J. William Harris (New York, 2008), 113-41