Jennifer W. Reiss

Jennifer W. Reiss

Ph.D. Student

Jennifer W. Reiss is a Ph.D. student focusing on the North Atlantic in the long eighteenth century. She is particularly interested in early American women and gender, and in the middle colonies; as well as early modern medicine and disability, popular and material culture, British and early American legal history, and Loyalism during and after the American Revolution. Her historical work includes studies of British and American domestic medicine, Georgian copyright litigation, and the intersection between education and politics in colonial Philadelphia. Her current project is a microhistory of physical disability in the early Republic.

Prior to embarking on a career in history, Jennifer practiced as an attorney in New York and London, including as an associate at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law, where she supervised student clinical projects and worked on the Center’s social justice initiatives. She has published on European law, human rights law and intellectual property law, and continues to maintain an interest in the history of human rights and the impact of law on the production of culture.

Advisor: Kathleen M. Brown


M.Phil., American History, with Distinction, University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College), 2019

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2011

LL.M., University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College), 2010

B.A., History (with Honors) and Political Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Benjamin Franklin Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, 2007

Research Interests

Atlantic World; Early America; women and gender; cultural history; history of medicine; disability history; legal history; human rights; Early Modern Britain

Selected Publications
  • “Reconsidering the History of Domestic Medicine.” Doing History in Public, August 20, 2019, . [blog post]
  •  “Innovative Governance in a Federal Europe: Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.” European Law Journal 20, no. 1 (2014): 107-125. [blinded, peer reviewed]
  • “The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in a Post-Lisbon European Union.” Human Rights Brief 19, no. 2 (2012): 18-23.
  • “Commercializing Human Rights: European Trademarks after Anheuser Busch.” Journal of World Intellectual Property 14, no. 2 (2011): 176-201. [blinded, peer reviewed]
  • “Recent Development – Protocol No. 14 ECHR and Russian Non-Ratification: The Current State of Affairs.” Harvard Human Rights Journal 22 (2009): 293-317. 
  • New York State Bar
  • McNeil Center for Early American Studies
  • Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic