Sarah Hanley

Sarah Hanley, Professor Emerita of History and Law, University of Iowa, studies state formation in early modern France, particularly the growing influence of the “Family-State Compact,” a body of marital law linking family formation to state building. Of interdisciplinary interest in the social sciences, “The Lit de Justice of the Kings of France: Constitutional Ideology in Legend, Ritual, and Discourse” (Princeton 1983 and 2014; French ed. 1991), has been featured by Pierre Bourdieu as a “case study” pertinent to the “genesis of the state” in lectures (1991-1992) now published, “Sur l’Etat” (2012; Eng. ed. 2015) with a Hanley response in “Theory and Society (2015). Articles in “French Historical Studies,” the “American Historical Review,” and the Journal of Modern History” relevant to the book underway, “The Social Sites of Political Practice in France: Law, Litigation, and Local Knowledge,” received prizes from the Society for French Historical Studies, American Political Science Association, and American Society for Legal History.


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