Margaret Crosby-Arnold

Adjunct Associate Research Scholar

Blinken European Institute of Columbia University

Margaret Crosby-Arnold earned her MA and PhD in history at Brown University, specializing in the fields of Modern German, Modern European and American histories, with a particular interest in comparative constitutionalism and legal development. She taught European history at Howard University from 2006 to 2011. Between 2001 and 2004, she was an AHRC Research Fellow on the project "Constituting the German Nation: The Construction of Citizenship through Constitutional Theory and Practice 1898-1998," at King's College-London.  In addition, she was awarded two Guest Scientist appointments with the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, Germany. She was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at Columbia University and is currently Adjunct Associate Research Scholar with the Blinken European Institute of Columbia University.  She is the author of The Making of a German Constitution:  A Slow Revolution, which appeared in 2008. Her second book, Hannibals At The Gates:  Europe's First Immigration Crisis and the Rise of the Legal Fiction of Race during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era, 1750-1815 will be published by Berghahn Books in 2014.  With an eye toward Europe's current immigration crisis, the book examines the relationship between modern constitutionalism and the construction of race in the  late-eighteenth and  early-nineteenth century Europe, with a  particular focus on  reactions against the mobility, social mobility and integration of  people of color in Europe in the second half of  the Eighteenth Century.  She has given numerous talks in the United States, Europe and Asia and, has, additionally, served on a number of public boards and commissions.