Marianne Constable


marianne-constableMarianne Constable has published broadly on a range of topics in legal rhetoric and philosophy. Her most recent book, entitled Our Word is Our Bond: How Legal Speech Acts¬†(Stanford University Press, 2014), shows how legal utterances, in speech and writing, are forms of law-in-action. She is currently working on the “new unwritten law” that ostensibly exonerated women who killed their husbands in Chicago a century ago, as a way of exploring the rhetoric of law and the rhetoric of history. She is also very interested in the written dialogue form, in the rhetoric of environment and administration, and in awareness and movement and their relations to learning. Her books include Just Silences: The Limits and Possibilities of Modern Law (2005) and The Law of the Other: The Mixed Jury and Changes in Conceptions of Citizenship, Law and Knowledge (1994), which won the Law and Society Association’s J. Willard Hurst Prize in Legal History.

Constable was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2013-14 and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton during 2005-06; her awards include the NEH, a prize for undergraduate research mentoring at UCB, the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, and the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities’ James Boyd White Award. She held the Zaffaroni Family Chair in Undergraduate Education 2009-2014, while also serving as Department Chair.¬† Since 2005, she has been a certified Feldenkrais Method (R) practitioner.