Charles W. McCurdy

Professor Emeritus

Field & Specialties



B.A. U.C. San Diego 1970
Ph.D. U.C. San Diego 1976


Publications, Awards, and Activities

The Anti-Rent Era in New York Law and Politics, 1839-1865 (University of North Carolina Press, 2001).

"The 'Liberty of Contract' Regime in American Law," in The State and Freedom of Contract, ed. Harry N. Scheiber (Stanford University Press, 1998).

"The Knight Sugar Decision of 1895 and the Modernization of American Corporation Law," Business History Review (1979).

"American Law and the Marketing Structure of the Large Corporation, 1875-1890," Journal of Economic History (1978).

"Justice Field and the Jurisprudence of Government-Business Relations," Journal of American History (1975)

"Stephen J. Field and Public Land Law Development in California, 1850-1866," for Essays in Honor of Willard Hurst, Law and Society Review (1976).

Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award (Association of American Law Schools), 2003

All-University Teaching Award (UVA), 1993

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1985-86.

Arthur H. Cole Award (Economic History Association), 1979.

Russell Sage Fellow in Law & Social Science (Yale Law School), 1973-1974, 1974-1975.

Louis Pelzer Award (Organization of American Historians), 1973.

Current Research

My scholarship explores the sources and effects of legal change in United States history. I am currently studying federalism and the transformation of American legal thought since the New Deal.