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Biographies Mary Dudziak

Prominent U.S. legal historian, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, and Director of the Project on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society at Emory University, Duziak is an expert in constitutional law, legal history, diplomatic history, and civil rights history.

Dudziak serves on the Historical Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State and the Editorial Board of the journal Diplomatic History. Dudziak’s scholarship has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University, and others. She has written extensively about the impact of foreign affairs on U.S. civil rights policy during the Cold War.

As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center, Dudziak used the Library’s collections and resources to research and write her forthcoming book titled, “Going to War: An American History,” currently under contract with Oxford University Press.

Publications (selected list):


“A Bullet in the Chamber: The Politics of Catastrophe & the Declaration of World War I”
December 10, 2015

Mary Dudziak examines America’s entry into World War I and the “politics of catastrophe” that generated sufficient public support to enter a faraway conflict.

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Selected Works at the Library of Congress