Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm Joins Law School Faculty

Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, one of the world's leading authorities in American and British constitutional history, will permanently join the George Mason faculty this fall as Professor of Law. She will teach Legal History, Constitutional History, and other courses in the several areas of her expertise.  

Professor Malcolm has served for the last year as Director of the Division of Research Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities on leave from Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts, where she had been a member of the history faculty since 1988. She has written extensively about the rise of individual rights in the legal order. Among her many published works are Guns and Violence: The English Experience (Harvard University Press 2002); To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right (Harvard University Press 1994), and Caesar's Due: Loyalty and King Charles, 1642-1646 (Royal Historical Society Monograph Series, London, 1984). She is currently completing Stepchild of the Revolution: A Slave Child in Revolutionary America (Yale University Press), and Null and Void: The Origins of American Judicial Review (submitted to New Forum Books, Princeton University Press).

Professor Malcolm is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Bye Fellow of Robinson College in Cambridge University since 1989, and in 2003-2004 held a visiting appointment in the Princeton University Department of Politics. She is the recipient of many honors, awards and distinctions. She holds the PhD and Masters degrees in History from Brandeis University and the BA, with Distinction in History, from Barnard College.  

"Joyce Malcolm's breadth and depth of learning in constitutional history will enrich the law school and the university," said Dean Daniel Polsby. "She is a prolific scholar, a gifted teacher and a superb colleague. We are very fortunate that she has chosen to join us."