Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in Integrated Humanities
Field(s) of interest:
Early Modern Europe, religious & intellectual history, legal history, refugee and forced migration studies, history of education
Hans Leaman is a Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in Integrated Humanities. He received his Ph.D. in History and Renaissance Studies from Yale in 2014 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007.
Hans’ research interests focus on the history of Christianity, migration, and law. He has created courses for Yale College on religious liberties, the history and political theory of asylum and refugee law, and concepts of childhood and education in early modern Europe. In 2015, he will also be teaching History and Political Thought in the Directed Studies program.
Hans is currently working on a study of European attitudes toward migration in the sixteenth century, when what is often called the first ‘individual human right’ – the ius emigrandi – gained recognition in the Holy Roman Empire. His dissertation, “The Consolation of Exile: Confessional Migration and Identity in the German Reformation,” examines reformers’ theological interpretations of forced migration, drawing on letters that Lutheran and Anabaptist leaders wrote to console fellow believers when they faced expulsion from their homes on account of religious non-conformity. Through this project he forges stronger connections between changing views on mobility in early modern Europe and changing views on ecclesiology and political thought, tracing how the concept of a ‘sojourning’ or ‘pilgrim’ church shaped Christians’ diverse views on the relationship of the church to secular power.
While practicing as a lawyer in Washington, DC, Hans worked extensively on trademark law and helped to conduct several investigations of large European corporations accused of foreign corrupt practices. He has also worked pro bono for asylum-seekers and refugees in Washington and New Haven.
A. B. Princeton University
J.D. Yale Law School
Ph.D. Yale University