Kristin Olbertson


Associate Professor, Pre-Law Program Coordinator


History and American Studies

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., History, University of Michigan (2005)
  • J.D., University of Michigan School of Law (2000)
  • B.A., History, Carleton College (1994)


Associate Professor

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

U.S. legal & Constitutional history, colonial American history

Signature course(s):

Constitutional History, Approaches to Michigan History

Recent publications:

The Dreadful Word: Criminal Speech and Polite Gentlemen in Massachusetts, 1690-1776 (March 2022), Cambridge University Press.

“Religion and Rights in 19th-Century American Law.” American Journal of Legal History Vol. 20. Issue 1 (2013)

“‘She Steadfastly Accused Him in the Time of Her Travail’: Women’s Words and Paternity Suits in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts.” Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender Vol. 19, Issue 1 (Fall 2012).

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