David T. Konig

Professor of Law; Professor of History


B.A. 1968, New York University   
M.A. 1969, Harvard University
Ph.D 1973, Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae





Nancy Cummings - (314) 935-7967

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-9113
E-mail: dtkonig@artsci.wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 589

Courses Taught

American Legal History


Professor David Thomas Konig is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in Anglo-American legal history, with a focus on property law, the Second Amendment, and the law of freedom and slavery. He is a leading authority on Thomas Jefferson and the development of law in colonial, Revolutionary, and early national America. The author or editor of several books and numerous articles, Professor Konig has served as expert witness or consultant in cases concerning property rights before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. A former Senior Research Fellow for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, he co-directed the restoration of a colonial-era courthouse and developed curatorial and educational materials for programs that are seen by thousands yearly.  Prof. Konig has consulted on editorial projects to preserve and edit papers of the Salem witchcraft trials as well as student notebooks at the nation's first law school in Litchfield, Connecticut. He is currently editing the legal papers of Thomas Jefferson for The Papers of Thomas Jefferson and writing a book on Jefferson’s legal thought and practice, Nature’s Advocate: Thomas Jefferson and the Discovery of American Law. Professor Konig also is the co-editor and author of a book on the Dred Scott case, which originated here in St. Louis. The book examines race and the law from historical and contemporary perspectives. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the William Nelson Cromwell Fund, and the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Professor Konig is the recipient of several teaching awards, including Washington University’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

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