Professor Daniel Hamilton Named Dean of UNLV Law

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Professor Daniel W. Hamilton has been selected as the third dean  of the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Professor Hamilton, who has been serving as the College of Law's associate dean for faculty development since 2012 and a professor of law and history since 2008, will start at UNLV July 1, 2013.

Hamilton received a Ph.D. in American legal history from Harvard University, a J.D. from George Washington University, and a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College. An elected member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Legal History, Hamilton was a Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law, has been a visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation, and served as past chair of the Legal History Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

“I am extremely proud to become the third dean of the William S. Boyd School of Law, and I’m looking forward to continuing Boyd Law’s tradition of excellent teaching, outstanding scholarship and active engagement with the academy and the community,” Professor Hamilton said.

Hamilton researches and writes primarily on American property ideology and the legal and constitutional issues during the Civil War. He has written numerous articles and reviews on American legal history, with works in Civil War History, the Chicago-Kent Law Review, the Journal of Supreme Court History, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, the Journal of National Security Law, and the Law and History Review. His book, The Limits of Sovereignty: Property Confiscation in the Union and the Confederacy During the Civil War, was published in 2007 by the University of Chicago Press.