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Katherine Unterman

Katherine (Kate) Unterman is an assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University. She completed her Ph.D. in history at Yale University in 2011, under the guidance of John Mack Faragher, Matthew Frye Jacobson, and Jenifer Van Vleck. In 2012-13, she was the J. Franklin Jameson Fellow at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. Specializing in nineteenth-century U.S. history, legal history, and American foreign relations, she teaches courses about American Empire, the Gilded Age, and Law and Society. Her first book, Nowhere to Hide: International Fugitives and American Power, under contract with Harvard University Press, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2015. It explores how the long arm of U.S. law developed the capacity to reach beyond its borders, following American fugitives and international manhunts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, it uncovers the role of non-state actors, like the Pinkerton Detective Agency, in pioneering international policing practices and setting legal precedents still in use today. The project also chronicles the cultural ideas that justified these practices, particularly the emerging image of America-as-policeman. Portions of this manuscript have previously been published in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (April 2012). Ultimately, Unterman's work demonstrates that law needs to be considered alongside military and economic power as a tool of U.S. informal imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century. She is happy to answer questions and can be reached at [email protected]