University Research Professor of History and Law
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Professor Freyer received an A.B. in 1970 from San Diego State University and an M.A. in 1972 and a Ph.D. in history in 1975 from Indiana University. He taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1976 to 1981, when he joined the University of Alabama faculty. In 1985 he became an associate professor of history and law in the history department and in the School of Law; in 1986 he was promoted to professor of history and law and in 1990 was named University Research Professor. In 1992 he received the University's Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award. His publications include Forums of Order(1979), Harmony and Dissonance: The Swift and Erie Cases in American Federalism(1981), The Little Rock Crisis(1984), Justice Hugo L. Black and the Dilemma of American Liberalism(1990), Hugo L. Black and Modern America(1990), Regulating Big Business: Antitrust in Great Britain and America, 1880-1990(1992), Producers versus Capitalists: Constitutional Conflict in Antebellum America(1994), Democracy and Judicial Independence: A History of Alabama's Federal Courts(1995), and some 30 articles in such journals as the Wisconsin Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, World Competition Law and Economic Review, Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, and Business History Review. Professor Freyer was a Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Business School in 1975-76 and a research fellow at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard in 1981-82. He has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (1986) and in Australia (1993). In Sprin, 2000 he holds the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Business History Review, published by the Harvard Business School. He teaches legal history and coordinated the School of Law's Justice Hugo Black Centennial Celebration (1983-86). During 1995-96 he held an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council to study antitrust in Japan.