Teaching Fellows

Evelyn Atkinson

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Evelyn Atkinson

Evelyn Atkinson

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

Evelyn Atkinson is a postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Law, Letters, and Society major in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division. Her research and teaching interests include legal history, history of capitalism, history of the corporation, 19th century United States, constitutional law, and the intersection of race and law. Her first book project is entitled American Frankenstein: Creating the Corporate Constitutional Person. A sociolegal history of the development of corporate personhood in 19th century America, this monograph traces how grassroots demands for corporate accountability percolated up through the legal system in lawyers' arguments and judicial opinions. In so doing, it sheds new light on the canon of corporate constitutional rights cases and exposes previously unknown connections, such as the importance of race in the development of corporate personhood. She is also currently working on an article exploring the civil rights claims of racialized corporations.

Evelyn's work has been featured or is forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review, the American Journal of Civil War History, Law & Social Inquiry, the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. She has held fellowships at the American Bar Foundation, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the University of Chicago Department of Social Sciences, and Harvard Law School, and clerked for a federal judge in the Western District of Missouri. Prior to her advanced studies, she studied Mandarin Chinese for many years and worked for the Taiwanese government. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Chicago, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.