Dana Rabin

 Dana Rabin

Contact Information

421 Gregory Hall M/C 466
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

  • Fall 2018: Thursday: 3:00-4:30
Chair, Professor
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Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • The social and cultural history of early modern Britain; empire, race, and nation in Britain; Britain in the global eighteenth-century; early modern Jewish history; the Jewish Atlantic world; the history of crime; the history of emotion; women and gender in early modern Europe; Anglo-American legal history

Research Description

Dana Rabin specializes in the history of eighteenth-century Britain with anemphasis on crime, law, gender, and race. Her first book, Identity, Crimeand Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England (Palgrave, 2004), examined the language of mental statesin the English courtroom. Her recent book Britain and its InternalOutsiders 1750-1800: Under Rule of Law (Manchester University Press, 2017)analyzes the intersection of metropole and colony through a study of legal eventsinvolving criminal trials, law suits, legislation, and riot that unfolded inLondon in the second half of the eighteenth century. Featuring six case studies-- the Jewish Naturalization Act, the Elizabeth Canning kidnapping case(1753-1754); the Somerset Case (1771-72); the Gordon Riots (1780); the Spitheadand Nore mutinies of 1797; and the Act of Union with Ireland in 1800 -- thebook uses legal events as a prism through which to examine the complexitieswrought by empire and how the law created, delineated, maintained, and managedcategories of difference.

Rabin's current project, "Jews, Suffrage, and the Color Line in theBritish Empire, 1740-1858," examines Jewish civil rights throughout theBritish Empire between passage of the Naturalization Act (or Plantation Act) in1740 and "Jewish Emancipation" 1858 when Jews received the right tovote in Britain. This multi-sited project takes note of the Empire's metropoleand its colonial spaces, plantation societies and settler colonies, to studyhow definitions of race and religion shaped the lives of Jews and definitionsof Jewishness and whiteness.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Michigan 1996

Distinctions / Awards

  • Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholar, 2018-2021
  • George S. and Gladys W. Queen Excellence in Teaching Award

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

Rabin, Dana “‘For the Shame of the World, and Fear of Her Mother’s Anger’: Emotion and child murder in England and Scotland in the long eighteenth century” Honour, Violence and Emotion: Historical Perspectives edited by Carolyn Strange, edited by Robert Cribb, edited by Christopher Forth. “‘For the Shame of the World, and Fear of Her Mother’s Anger’: Emotion and child murder in England and Scotland in the long eighteenth century” Edited by Carolyn Strange, Edited by Robert Cribb, Edited by Christopher Forth, London Bloomsbury 2014, p. 69-87.
The Sorceress, the Servant, and the Stays: Sexuality and Race in Eighteenth-Century Britain Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility, and Intimacy in an Age of Empire The Sorceress, the Servant, and the Stays: Sexuality and Race in Eighteenth-Century Britain Urbana, IL University of Illinois Press 2009, p. 252-273.
Bodies of Evidence, States of Mind: Infanticide, Emotion, and Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century England Infanticide: Historical Perspectives, 1550-2000 Bodies of Evidence, States of Mind: Infanticide, Emotion, and Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century England London Ashgate 2002, p. 73-92.

Journal Articles

'In a Country of Liberty?': Slavery, Villeinage and the Making of Whiteness in the Somerset Case (1772) History Workshop Journal Autumn 72 2011.
Seeing Jews and Gypsies in 1753 Cultural and Social History 7 2010, p. 35-58.
The Jew Bill of 1753: Masculinity, Virility, and the Nation. Eighteenth-Century Studies 39 2 2006, p. 157-171.

Books

Identity, Crime, and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England New York Palgrave 2004.
Britain and its Internal Others, 1750-1800: Under Rule of Law Manchester Manchester University Press 2017.