Delighted to announce that IntLawGrrls contributor Colin Dayan has been named to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Founded in 1780 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the AAAS is among the country's oldest and most prestigious societies, honoring leaders from academia, business, public affairs, humanities, and the arts. (Charter members included many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.)
Colin (right) is the Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. (photo credit) As posted, her interdisciplinary scholarship considers: Caribbean literature, religion, and history, with particular focus on Haiti and Jamaica; early American religious and legal history; 19thC. American, French, and English literary history; African-American Studies and American Studies; anthropology; and the law. Her most recent book is the acclaimed The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons (2011).
Notables joining Colin in this year's class of 220 new Academy members are notables include U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, philanthropist Melinda French Gates, international lawyer Rita Hauser, and Paul McCartney (the erstwhile Beatle's a "foreign honorary member").