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Marc M. Arkin

Marc M. Arkin is a Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law. A 1982 graduate of the Yale Law School, Professor Arkin also holds a Ph.D. in American Religious History from the Religious Studies Department of Yale University. She clerked for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and spent several years as a litigator with the law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton before joining the Fordham faculty. She is the author of scholarly articles in areas ranging from nineteenth century American habeas corpus practice to the influence of David Hume on the thought of James Madison, and, most recently, the role of New England regionalism in national affairs during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In addition, Professor Arkin has written on law, religion, and history for a variety of publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, and The New Criterion. At Fordham she teaches, among other courses, civil procedure, mass tort litigation, and conflict of laws.


A man well worth knowing (Books) , February 2016, 68
A review of Augustine: Conversions to Confessions by Robin Lane Fox

Awaking the theologian (Books) , December 2014, 80
A review of Jonathan Edwards: Writings from the Great Awakening (Library of America) by Jonathan Edwards,Philip F. Gura

Wilkie Collins’s page-turners (Features) , May 2014, 20
The life and work of Wilkie Collins, master of the Victorian page-turner.

Edmund Sears Morgan, 1916–2013 (Notebook) , September 2013, 77
Remembering the great historian, Edmund Sears Morgan.

Liar, liar (Books) , March 2013, 55
A review of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Fuller house (Books) , February 2012, 71
A review of The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography by John Matteson

Christian chronicles (Books) , March 2011, 71
A review of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch

More an antique Roman (Books) , January 2011, 68
A review of Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

The many roles of Fanny Kemble (Features) , November 2010, 17
On the life of the great actress & memoirist.

Life of a life raft (Books) , January 2010, 69
A review of Augustine of Hippo: A Life by Henry Chadwick

Lincoln season (Books) , January 2009, 68
On Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-chief by James M. McPherson

Trollope & the law (Features) , October 2007, 23
On the Victorian novelist and the moral question of defending the guilty.

An American paradox (Books) , September 2006, 129
A review of Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution by Simon Schama and In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation by Francois Furstenberg.

On the march (Books) , June 2005, 81
A review of Liberty & Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas, by David Hackett Fischer.

A democratic & republican religion (Features) , July 2004

The Napoleonic Code (Books) , June 2004, 78
A review of The Age of Napoleon, by Alistair Horne.

Why we won (Books) , May 2004, 66
A review of Washington’s Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer.

Leap of faith (Books) , December 2003, 101
A review of A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic, by John E. Ferling.

Big Ben (Books) , October 2002, 67
A review of Benjamin Franklin by Edmund Sears Morgan.

Democracy and pugnacity (Books) , November 2001, 73
A review of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, by Joanne B. Freeman.

From Englishmen to Americans (Books) , April 2001, 66
A review of Inheriting the Revolution, by Joyce Appleby.

The small house (Books) , January 2001, 76
A review of Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature, by Peter Brooks.

Tolle, lege (Books) , March 2000, 70
Review of Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia, edited by Allan D. Fitzgerald.

Saturated with the word (Books) , October 1999, 67
Review of American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Michael Warner

An unlikely prophet (Books) , January 1999, 70
Review of Mary Baker Eddy by Gillian Gill

Radical moderation (Books) , May 1998, 65
Review of Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law by Daniel A. Farber & Suzanna Sherry

Little Kazin & big God (Books) , March 1998, 69
Review of God & the American Writer by Alfred Kazin

The irony of it all (Books) , January 1998, 64
Review of Modern American Religion by Martin M. Marty

A see of troubles (Books) , January 1997, 68
Review of Thomas Cranmer: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch

The millennium mill (Books) , October 1996, 59
On Omens of the Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams & Resurrection by Harold Bloom

Expert testimony? (Books) , September 1996, 131
Review of Law's Stories: Narrative & Rhetoric in the Law edited by Peter Brooks & Paul Gewirtz

Diluting Edwards (Books) , April 1996, 70

A key to Mrs. Eddy (Books) , September 1994, 71
A review of “With Bleeding Footsteps”: Mary Baker Eddy’s Path to Religious Leadership by Robert David Thomas.

“The Tenth Justice” (Books) , May 1994, 75
A review of Learned Hand by Gerald Gunther.

Big little lady (Books) , March 1994, 72
A review of Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life by Joan D. Hedrick.

Does God have a future? (Books) , January 1994, 73
A review of A History of God by Karen Armstrong.

The great awakener (Books) , May 1993, 59
A review of Jonathan Edwards by John E. Smith.

Song of himself: Harold Bloom on God (Books) , May 1992, 60
A review of The American Religion by Harold Bloom.

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