Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School's President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, is the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-First Century, published this month by Oxford University Press
The comprehensive five-volume, 2,672-page encyclopedia includes:
1,250 A-Z entries by eminent scholars
More than 600 biographies
The encyclopedia ranges from the 1896 "separate but equal" ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson to contemporary events such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 presidential election. It follows the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglas, which was published in 2006 and also edited by Professor Finkelman.
A specialist in American legal history, race and the law, Professor Finkelman is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and more than 20 books. He is an expert in areas such as the law of slavery, constitutional law, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case, and his scholarship on religious monuments in public space was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry in 2005. Professor Finkelman was also a key witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball.