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Elizabeth Dale

Office: 025 Keene-Flint
Phone: (352) 273-3387
Fax: (352) 392-6927
Mailing address:
Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

Professor Dale is chair of the Department of History.

Professor Dale has completed two parts (Fight for Rights and Injustice) of a digital legal history of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. The project combines Scalar and Omeka/Neatline.

Her most recent book, Robert Nixon and Police Torture in Chicago, 1871-1971, was published in May 2016. She is currently working on two legal histories. One, a case study, looks at how the twentieth century criminal justice system dealt with mentally disabled suspects. The second looks at Chicago’s Red Squad (sometimes called “the bomb squad” or the “anarchist squad”) in Chicago from Haymarket through 1990.

In addition to her book on police torture, 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 is past-editor of Law and History Review (2013-2017) and has published articles in a number of journals, including the American Historical Review. 

Dr. Dale teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Digital History, American Legal and Constitutional History, Comparative Constitutional 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.

Recognitions include: 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 was a founding 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.