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Julia Rudolph


Department of History

Withers Hall 268


Julia Rudolph specializes in the intellectual history of early modern Europe, with a particular focus on legal history and gender history in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain. She received her B.A. in Classics and Renaissance Studies from Brown University, and Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. She has been awarded a Samuel I. Goleib Fellowship in Legal History at New York University School of Law, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities at the Penn Humanities Forum, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library; in spring 2018 she will be a visiting fellow at the Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Prior to joining the history department at North Carolina State University she was on the faculty at Bucknell University and the University of Pennsylvania. She has also taught courses at Duke University Law School, and at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for the History of British Political Thought. 

Her most recent book, Common Law and Enlightenment in England 1689-c.1750 (Boydell, 2013), is a history of common law that explores the origins of a jurisprudence of precedent, and the intersections between legal ideas, practices and publications and other eighteenth-century ‘enlightened’ trends in moral philosophy, science, commerce, gender and print. She is currently at work on two new book projects: one on the development of mortgage law and the early history of capitalism, the other on the history of judicial power in early modern Ireland.

Office Hours

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Research Publications


Common Law and Enlightenment in England 1689-c.1750 (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2013)

Ed. History and Nation (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2006)

Revolution by Degrees: James Tyrrell and Whig Political Thought in the Late Seventeenth Century (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)

Articles and Book Chapters

“A Broker’s Advice: Credit Networks and Mortgage Risk in the Eighteenth-Century Empire,” in Networks and Connections in Legal History, edited by Michael Lobban and Ian Williams, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

“Crediting Women,” Droit & Philosophie, vol. XI, special issue Preuve, Droit de la Prevue et Democratie, Celine Roynier and Mathilde Unger eds., November 2019: 63-78. Paris: Dalloz. Winner of the Judith R. Walkowitz Prize for the best article on gender and sexuality studies in British culture, awarded by the North American Conference on British Studies, 2020

“Property and Possession” in A Cultural History of Law in the Age of Enlightenment, Rebecca Probert and John Snape eds., London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2019.

“Jurisdictional Controversy and the Credibility of Common Law,” in Questioning Credible Commitment: New Approaches to the Rise of Financial Capitalism, D’Maris Coffman, Larry Neal  and Adrian Leonard eds., Macroeconomic Policy Making Series, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

“Gender and the Development of Forensic Science: A Case Study,” The English Historical Review, Vol. 123, No. 503, August 2008: 924-946. Winner of the Walter D. Love Prize for the best article in any field of British Studies, awarded by the North American Conference on British Studies, 2009

“’That Blunderbuss of Law’: Giles Jacob, Abridgment and Print Culture,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Vol. 37, 2008: 197-215.

“Rape and Resistance: Women and Consent in Seventeenth-Century English Legal and Political Thought,” Journal of British Studies, Vol. 39, No. 2, April 2000: 157-184.

Book Reviews published in the Journal of Modern HistoryJournal of British StudiesParliamentary HistoryThe European Legacy: Toward New ParadigmsAlbion, The Historian