Assistant Professor
Department of Rhetoric

Research Expertise and Interest

critical theory, Middle Eastern Studies, Legal and political thought, law and society, legal histories, colonialism and post-colonialism


Samera Esmeir is currently researching a second book that examines the encounter between revolutions and different legal traditions (including International law) since the eighteenth century. The research traces shifting legal sensibilities, and the legal theories informing them, to revolutions. Her first book, "Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History" (forthcoming, Spring 2012, Stanford University Press) is a historical and theoretical study of how colonial juridical powers have reconfigured the concept of the human during the late-modern colonial era by bonding the human to the law.

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