NASHVILLE, TN—Associate Professor of Law Sara Mayeux is one of 13 Vanderbilt professors awarded Provost Research Studios for 2019-20. The annual awards support the professional development of full-time faculty at all Vanderbilt University schools who are not full professors or otherwise at the top of their promotion ladder.
Mayeux joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2016 after earning her law degree and her Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. She is a legal historian of the twentieth-century United States, focusing on criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and legal culture. She is also interested broadly in the interplay between law and history. Her book, Free Justice: A History of the Public Defender in Twentieth Century America, will be published in spring 2020 by the University of North Carolina Press. The book examines the relationship in American legal culture between the constitutional right to counsel, the history of indigent defense and public defender offices, and ideas about fair trial and democratic governance.