Kristin A. Olbertson, J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Joined Alma College Faculty in 2006
Office Hours: MW 2:30-4:00, TTh 2-3, and by appointment
- Ph.D., History, University of Michigan (2005)
- J.D., University of Michigan School of Law (2000)
- B.A., History, Carleton College (1994)
Law & Language
Recent Courses Taught
- Masculinities in American History. HST 380.
- Approaches to Michigan History. HST 206.
- Constitutional History. HST 327.
- The American Century, 1877 to the Present. HST 105.
- American Legal History I. HST 121.
- Making of America to 1877. HST 104.
Selected Book Publications
- Kristin A. Olbertson. The Dreadful Word: Criminal Speech & Social Order in Massachusetts, 1690-1790 (forthcoming). University of North Carolina Press.
- Kristin A. Olbertson. "Religion and Rights in 19th-Century American Law." American Journal of Legal History. 2013. Vol. 20. Issue 1.
- Kristin A. Olbertson. "'She Stedfastly Accused Him in the Time of Her Travail': Women's Words and Paternity Suits in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts." Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender. 2012, Vol. 19, Issue 1 201211.
- Kristin A. Olbertson. Review of The Beautiful Soul of John Woolman, by Thomas P. Slaughter. American Journal of Legal History. April 2012, Vol. 52, Issue 2, 250-253
- Kristin A. Olbertson. Review of The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases, by Barbara A. Perry. Michigan Historical Review. 2008. Fall.
- ""Ye Edge of ye Civil Sword": Law, Speech, & Power in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts." Legal History Seminar, University of Michigan Law School. Ann Arbor, Michigan. September 2009.
- ""She stedfastly accused him in the time of her travail": Women's Words and Paternity Suits in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts." American Society for Legal History. Ottawa, Canada. November 14, 2008.
- "Criminally Impolite: Law, Speech, and Power in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts." The Society of Early Americanists and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History. Williamsburg, VA. June 9, 2007.
- "Freaks of Madness, and Wilds of Enthusiasm: Politics, Preaching, and Prosecution in Colonial Massachusetts." Saginaw Valley State University. October 26, 2006.
Selected External Research Grants
- Kristin Olbertson.  "Littleton-Griswold Research Grant." American Historical Association. Effective: March 1, 2009.
- American Society for Legal History
- American Historical Association
Service to the College
- Coordinator, Pre-Law Program
- Co-Chair, American Studies Program
- Coordinator, Constitution Day Events
- Member, HST Dep't Search Committee
- Treasurer, Alma College Phi Beta Kappa
- Member, ENG Department Search Committee
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