Konig Receives ICJS Fellowship for Research on Jefferson's Legal Thought, Practice

David Konig, professor of history and of law, has received a prestigious fellowship from the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS) to further his research on the legal thought and practice of Thomas Jefferson.

Konig is continuing to work on his book, Nature’s Advocate: Thomas Jefferson and the Discovery of American Law. He also is editing a collection of Jefferson’s papers, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: The Legal Commonplace Book, to be published by Princeton University Press.

Formerly a Senior Research Fellow for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Konig is an internationally recognized authority on Jefferson and the development of law in colonial, Revolutionary, and early national America. He has presented numerous scholarly papers on the third president and written several articles and book chapters, including “Thomas Jefferson’s Scientific Project and the American West,” Lewis and Clark: Journey to Another America; “Thomas Jefferson: The Lawyer as President,” From Law Office to Oval Office—America’s Lawyer Presidents; “Thomas Jefferson’s Armed Citizenry and the Republican Militia,” Albany Government Law Review; and “Thomas Jefferson: Translating Law Across Time and Space,” Translating Global Cultures: Toward Interdisciplinary (Re)Constructions, published through Beijing’s Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. He recently gave two lectures on “Thomas Jefferson: Thinking Like a Lawyer,” encompassing various aspects of Jefferson’s legal thought, at Princeton University.

Konig is the founder and current director of Washington University’s Legal Studies Program in Arts & Sciences and researches, writes, and lectures on such topics as the framing of the Second Amendment and the Commerce Clause, the law of slavery and freedom, and transatlantic legal conflict in the Colonial and Revolutionary eras.