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Lea S. VanderVelde The University of Iowa, USA

LEA VANDERVELDE is Josephine Witte Professor of Law at the University of Iowa.  She is an award-winning author in the fields of law and legal history. She is the author of several casebooks, dozens of articles in the nation’s leading law journals, and two historical works, Mrs. Dred Scott and Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott.   She has been the Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies and the May Brodbeck Humanities Fellow, and has held visiting professorships at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and the American Bar Foundation.  She is director of the RAOS project, Reconstruction Amendment Optical Scanning, and principle investigator of the Law of the Frontier project at Stanford’s CESTA.  She had given professional lectures all over the world.