US pre-1900, 2013


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.


—"Slaves, Coolies, and Shareholders: Corporations Claim the Fourteenth Amendment,” Journal of the Civil War Era (forthcoming Fall 2019) (peer-reviewed) (invited participant in special issue on the Fourteenth Amendment).
—Awarded Fishel-Calhoun Article Prize by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
—"Creating the Reasonable Child: Risk, Responsibility, and the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine." Law & Social Inquiry (May 22, 2017).
—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.