It's my pleasure to announce that my friend Roman Hoyos is stepping into the faculty lounge to sit with us for a spell. Roman teaches property, land use, constitutional law, state and local government law, and legal history at Southwestern Law School. Before that he was a visiting professor at Duke, which is when we became good friends. Roman writes in a broad range of areas, including constitutional law, property, and constitutional history. His extensive body of scholarship includes a book in progress, The Rise and Fall of Popular Sovereignty: Constitutional Conventions, Law, and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century America. His book chapters include "Peaceful Revolution and Popular Sovereignty: Reassessing the Constitutionality of Southern Secession" in Sally Hadden and Patricia Minter's Signposts: New Directions in Southern Legal History (University of Georgia Press, 2013), "Beyond Classical Legal Thought: Law and Governance in Postbellum America, 1865-1920" in Sally Hadden's and Alfred L. Brophy's, A Companion to American Legal History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and "A Province of Jurisprudence?: The Invention of a Law of Constitutional Conventions," in M. Dubber and A. Fernandez, eds., Law Books in Actions ( Hart, 2012). He also has the chapter "Playing on a New Field: The U.S. Supreme Court in Reconstruction," forthcoming in Edward Frantz' A Companion to the Presidents of the Reconstruction Era, 1865-1881 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). His articles include "The People's Privilege: The Franking Privilege, Constituent Correspondence, and Political Representation in Mid-Nineteenth Century America," in Law and History Review (Spring 2013). And he has an essay review, "Historicizing Jurisprudence," of David Rabban's Law's History: American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History forthcoming in Reviews in American History (Spring 2014). Roman was educated at Berkeley; he holds a JD from Northwestern Univeristy, where he was an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.
Welcome, Roman! I'm looking forward to your posts and am especially looking forward to your thoughts on popular constitutionalism.