Thomas P. Gallanis
Thomas P. Gallanis is a prize-winning legal historian and an authority on trust, probate, and investment law. He teaches and writes in the fields of trust and estate law, estate and gift taxation, property, and English and European legal history. Prior to teaching at Iowa, he was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the University of Minnesota.
He received a B.A. summa cum laude with distinction in history from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he held a Bradley Fellowship in Legal History, and an LL.M. with first class honors in legal history and comparative law and a Ph.D. in legal history from Cambridge University. At Cambridge, he was a Benefactors’ Scholar of St. John's College and was awarded the Hamson prize in comparative law, the Mansergh prize in history, and the Wright and Hughes prizes for academic excellence.
He has held a year-long Mellon Fellowship in Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has served as the Herbert Smith visiting professor in the law faculty of Cambridge University and as the Mason Ladd Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Iowa.
His research in legal history focuses on the history of procedural law in England and Continental Europe.
Professor Gallanis teaches a course on The Development of the Western European Legal Tradition.
- Editorial Committee, Journal of Legal History (2001- )
- Editorial Board, Law and History Review (2005-09)
- Advisory Board, Studies in the History of Private Law (2007- )
- American Society for Legal History (Secretary 2007-09; Board of Directors 2005-07)
- Mellon Fellow in Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2000-01)
- David Yale Prize, Selden Society (1999)