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Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320
Professor Dale is chair of the Department of History.
Her most recent book, Robert Nixon and Police Torture in Chicago, 1871-1971, was published in May 2016. She has just completed a legal history of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919.
Professor Dale has published four other books: Criminal Justice in the United States, 1789-1939 (Cambridge, 2011); The Chicago Trunk Murder: Law and Justice at the Turn of the Century (NIU, 2011); The Rule of Justice: The People of Chicago versus Zephyr Davis (Ohio State, 2001) and Debating- and Creating-Authority: The Failure of a Constitutional Ideal in Massachusetts Bay, 1629-1649 (Ashgate, 2001). She has also published articles in Law and History Review and the American Historical Review. She is currently working to develop a website and archive relating to police torture in Chicago before 1971. She also has several ongoing projects, including a legal history of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 and a consideration of the relationship between popular sovereignty and citizenship in US constitutional history.
Dr. Dale regularly teaches graduate courses in Digital History, American Legal and Constitutional History, Comparative Constitutional History, and undergraduate courses on a variety of topics in law and history. In 2010-2011, while on sabbatical, Dr. Dale was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago Department of History; in Spring 2005, she served as a Fulbright lecturer/researcher at Shandong University Law School, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China. Recognition includes: Mahon Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2000-01), Norman Wilensky Graduate Teaching Award (2007-2008), and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Enhancement Fellowships (Summer 2009; Summer 2001). She was a Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor in 2012; and a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2013-2015.
Dr. Dale is a member of the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate Committee and serves as Coordinator for the JD/MA/PhD program at UF. She is a member of a UF Mellon Intersections Working Group on Mass Incarceration. From 2013-2017, she was editor of the Law & History Review and served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at Levin College of Law in 2016-2017.