Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, Law, Letters and Society (2021–23)
PhD'21 (US history) University of Chicago


Research Interests

History of the corporation, legal history, constitutional law, history of capitalism, history of the long nineteenth century, history of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, tort law


American Frankenstein: Creating the Constitutional Corporate Person


Evelyn Atkinson's dissertation is a history of corporate personhood in the nineteenth century.  It focuses on the relationship between popular claims for corporate accountability and control and the development of the legal doctrine of constitutional corporate personhood.  Evelyn received her JD cum laude from Harvard Law School and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.


—“Frankenstein’s Baby: The Forgotten History of Corporations, Race, and Equal Protection,” 108 Virginia Law Review (forthcoming 2022).
—Stewart L. Winger, Jonathan W. White, eds. Ex Parte Milligan Reconsidered: Race and Civil Liberties from the Lincoln Administration to the War on Terror (Book Review), H-Net.com (March 2021).
—“From Public Servant to Private Business: Dartmouth College and the Transformation of the Corporation,” Blog Post for the Forum on the Bicentennial of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, HistPhil.org (June 18, 2019) (invited participant).
—"Slaves, Coolies, and Shareholders: Corporations Claim the Fourteenth Amendment." The Journal of the Civil War Era, vol. 10, no. 1 (Spring 2020): 54–80.
—"Creating the Reasonable Child: Risk, Responsibility, and the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine." Law & Social Inquiry (May 22, 2017).
—Awarded Fishel-Calhoun Article Prize by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
—Book review. "Kevin Butterfield, The Making of Tocqueville’s America: Law and Association in the Early United States." Law and History Review 35, no. 1 (Feb. 2017): 261–63.
—"Out of the Household: Master-Servant Relations and Employer Liability Law.Yale Journal of Law & Humanities 25, no. 2 (Sum. 2013).
—"Abnormal Persons or Embedded Individuals: Tracing the Development of Informed Consent Restrictions for Abortion." Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 34 (Sum. 2011): 618–70.