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Sara Sligar

B.A. summa cum laude, English and French, Amherst College, 2010

M.Phil. with distinction, Modern European History, University of Cambridge, 2012


I work on 20th- and 21st-century American fiction, film, and television.

My dissertation, entitled "Forms of Justice: The Rise of the Legal Procedural in the Age of Due Process, 1930-1980," articulates the development of the legal procedural in the context of midcentury criminal rights law.

My debut novel, Take Me Apart, is forthcoming from MCD / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2019.

I will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the USC Society of Fellows 2018-2020.


Research and Writing Interests

Law and literature

Criminal rights law

Cinema and TV studies

Creative writing


War, violence, and trauma

Genre theory


Popular fiction

Museum studies

Literature and visual art



A complete CV is available upon request.


Courses Taught

spring 2018

summer 2017

spring 2016

fall 2013