Marianne Constable

Constable has published broadly on a range of topics in legal rhetoric and philosophy. Her most recent book, Our Word is Our Bond: How Legal Speech Acts, 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. Constable is the author of articles on, among other topics, Foucault and immigration law, Nietzsche and jurisprudence, the rhetoric of “community,” the role of law in the liberal arts, Frederick Schauer on rules, Robert Cover on violence, Montesquieu on systems, Vico on legal education, and Arendt on the rhetoric of “sustainability.” She 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 2009–14 while also serving as Department Chair. Since 2005, she has been a certified Feldenkrais Method (R) practitioner.