Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

January 2, 2008
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations


AMHERST, Mass.—Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor, is editor of a forthcoming collection of essays about the different dimensions of trauma from a healing perspective. Sarat edited the book, titled Trauma and Memory ($60, 336 pp., Stanford University Press, 2008), with Nadav Davidovitch, senior lecturer in public health at Ben Gurion University in Israel, and Michal Alberstein, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Bar Ilan University in Israel.

Trauma and Memory reflects the ways in which, over the last several decades, a growing interest in the social and cultural contexts of law and medicine has transformed the study of both these professions. The authors provide new readings of social and political phenomena—such as immigration, public health, gender discrimination and transitional justice—in terms of trauma. They also address the therapeutic dimensions of trauma and their relationship to reconciliation via alternative processes such as mediation, truth committees and other new forms of justice.

Sarat, who has taught at Amherst since 1974, is author, co-author or editor of more than 50 books, including Mercy on Trial (2005), When the State Kills (2001) and Law, Violence and the Possibility of Justice (2001). He is co-author of Something to Believe In: Politics, Professionalism and Cause Lawyering (2004) and co-editor of Law on the Screen (2005), with Amherst College’s James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Lawrence Douglas and Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Martha Merrill Umphrey. Winner of the James Boyd White Prize from the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities and co-recipient of the 2004 Reginald Heber Smith Award, Sarat has also served as president of the Law and Society Association and of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities.