medieval and early modern law and literature, digital humanities, digital pedagogy, critical legal studies, wine, books, kids, and cheese
Postcolonial Studies, Legal and Political Theory, Haitian Revolutionary Studies, American hemispheric literatures, the representation of slavery, film studies, race and law, legal history, human rights.
Rhetoric and Composition – Theory and Practice
Graduate Student Teacher Training
Professional/Technical/Business Communications Studies
Legal and Scientific Discourse Studies
As an intellectual historian, I analyze how modernism in American law and literature has shaped the quest for equal citizenship. Drawing on my Ph.D. in English and my J.D. with a focus on constitutional history, I interrogate how creative forms of legal dissent – ranging from judicial opinions to lyric poems – have sparked constitutional reimagination in the context of African American, working-class, and women’s experiences. My current book project, An Intellectual Reconstruction: American Legal Realism, Literary Realism, and the Formation of Citizenship, construes legal realism (a progenitor of critical race theory) and literary realism as a major post-Civil War movements connecting disciplinary critiques to equitist politics. I have additional interests in British literary modernism and postcolonial studies, having composed articles on Joseph Conrad’s and Virginia Woolf’s texts. My literary and legal scholarship has been published in several anthologies and journals, including Critical Insights: Social Justice and American Literature; Critical Insights: Inequality; Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History; the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry; and the Chicago Journal of International Law. Recent and forthcoming articles include “Black Lives Matter and Legal Reconstructions of Elegiac Forms” and “Applied Legal Storytelling: Toward a Stylistics of Embodiment.” I have also published widely on writing studies pedagogy through the lens of critical theory, drawing on extensive experiences teaching literature, law, and composition. My pedagogical scholarship has appeared in the Washburn Law Journal, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing, The Law Teacher, and the anthology Writing as a Way of Staying Human in a Time that Isn’t. When not immersed in literature, law, history, and philosophy, I explore modernist-inflected alternative music, fashion, interior design, landscapes, gardens, and other aesthetic phenomena suiting my fancy.
Philip’s interdisciplinary research interests include: the intersections of human rights, Black Atlantic Studies, and postcolonialism; ‘disaster law’; legal history; and the Haitian Revolution.
I completed my Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1995 and won a post-doc fellowship at the (then) newly-established department of Middle East Studies, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. In 1997 I joined the department as a faculty member. My fields of research and teaching include socio-legal history of the Ottoman Empire and the passage of the Ottoman legal system to the colonial era, with a special interest in the Ottoman Sharia court system and legal reforms during the long 19th century; social history of late and post-Ottoman Palestine; family history; microhistory; historiography; historical thinking. In my book, Family and Court: Legal Culture and Modernity in Late Ottoman Palestine (Syracuse University Press, 2006) I focus on the sharia courts of late-Ottoman Jaffa and Haifa. Employing a comparative socio-legal analysis of the records produced in the two courts, I discuss their legal culture. In the book, I offer observations on the impact of the growth and social transformation underwent by the port cities of Jaffa and Haifa on the socio-legal construction of the family. In my current research project I explore the Ottoman Family Code (1917). This important law is misrepresented in the historiography on both late and post-Ottoman Middle East. Another aspect of my research is the daily work of the Ottoman and post-Ottoman sharia courts in Palestine during the First World War and the early colonial period.
I am a medievalist, Latinist, and legal historian. I grew up in Toronto and studied classical and medieval languages there before moving to Trinity College, Cambridge for a master’s and doctorate in medieval legal history. After leaving Cambridge, I worked at Oxford, largely on English medieval manuscript provenance. Since then I have been a research fellow at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, Paris (part of the CNRS).
My research interests include Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman and Angevin history, law and society, medieval manuscripts, and the intersection between legal, historical, and literary writing. My current project and research interests developed out of a background including an undergraduate thesis concerning the depiction of Champenois and French judicial procedure in Chrétien de Troyes’ twelfth-century romance, Le chevalier au lion, and an MA dissertation on the nature of sokerights and more generally soke in the Leges Henrici Primi. From April 2014 – March 2015, I was an intern at the British Library. My internship was in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department where I assisted with the preparation of the Library’s major temporary exhibition ‘Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy’.
My main area of interest is in Biblical Studies with a particular focus on the interaction between legal and narrative tests in the Hebrew Bible. I have previously worked on issues of legal purity in Mark’s gospel, but more recently have moved toward Hebrew Bible rather than New Testament. Currently I am at the early states of research projects on Biblical material regarding Inter-Marriage and Source criticism in Deuteronomy.