Swett, Brooks

Field: United States; Advisor: McCurry; Year: 2015

Brooks Swett is a doctoral candidate in nineteenth-century U.S. history. Her work traces connections between domestic legal history and changes in the United States’ international position and foreign policy. She has a particular interest in relations between the United States and the British Empire.   

Brooks’s dissertation examines the international ramifications and context of debates during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Her work considers the foreign precedents and far-reaching concerns that informed American responses to key questions of governance, such as emancipation, land reform, the expansion of the franchise, martial law, and the revision of federalism. Reconstituting the nation’s legal underpinnings required attention to developments beyond the nation’s borders and the assertion of federal sovereignty among world powers.

Brooks holds a completion fellowship from the Doris G. Quinn Foundation for the 2021-2022 academic year. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she received a B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Yale in 2009. As a Henry Fellow in 2009-2010, Brooks completed a Master of Studies in U.S. History at Balliol College, University of Oxford.