Laura Inglis completed her D.Phil. in American Constitutional History at Oxford University. Her doctoral thesis traced the origins of substantive due process, the legal doctrine that has enabled the U.S. Supreme Court to establish a host of new constitutional rights, such as the right to abortion, recognized in Roe v Wade (1973), and the right to sexual privacy, recognized in Lawrence v. Texas (2003). She demonstrated that this controversial doctrine was invented in the mid-19th century by the courts of New York State, in order to protect private property from expropriation by the state legislature.
Laura's research interests focus on the growth of judicial power in the United States, with particular emphasis on the doctrinal contributions of the state courts. She also holds an M.Sc. in Economic History from Oxford University and a B.S. in Economics from George Mason University.
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