Boston University School of Law

Christian G. Samito


College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
B.A. in History, magna cum laude

Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

  • Dissertation: Proof Of Loyalty: Irish Americans, African Americans, And The Redefinition Of Citizenship During The Civil War Era
  • Fields: American History 1776-1877, American Legal History, American Social History, Modern European History

Teaching Experience

Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Lecturer in Law (Spring 2009 - present)
    • Constitutional History: The Founding Years
    • Constitutional History: The Civil War and Reconstruction
    • American Constitutional History

Boston College, History Department, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

  • Lecturer (2006), Adjunct Visiting Professor (2008-2009), Visiting Assistant Professor (2009-2011), representative courses include:
    • U.S. Constitutional History I
    • Topics in American Legal and Constitutional History, 1787-1905
    • The American Civil War and Reconstruction
    • Europe and the Modern World I and II
    • United States History I

Legal Experience

Dr. Samito has significant litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters, including business litigation, breach of warranty/breach of contract claims, probate and fiduciary litigation, trade secrets, and tort matters, as well as extensive appellate experience on the state and federal level including briefing and conducting oral argument in the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and drafting petitions for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. Dr. Samito also does pro bono work on behalf of animals.

Major Publications

Series Editor

Legal History of the Civil War Era: From the Mexican War to Jim Crow (Southern Illinois University Press)


Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era (Cornell University Press, 2009).

Changes in Law and Society during the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Legal History Documentary Reader (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009).    

Fear Was Not In Him: The Civil War Letters of Major General Francis C. Barlow, U.S.A. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2004).

Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (New York: Fordham University Press, 1998).

Editor, Daniel G. Macnamara's History of the Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (New York: Fordham University Press, 2000).

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

"The Intersection between Military Justice and Equal Rights: Mutinies, Courts-Martial, and Black Civil War Soldiers," in Civil War History (June 2007): 170-202.

"'Patriot by Nature, Christian by Faith': Major General William Dorsey Pender, C. S. A.," in The North Carolina Historical Review (April 1999): 163-201.

Selected Conferences and Appearances

  • 2012 Society of Civil War Historians Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, June 15, 2012
  • University of Louisville, Kentucky, March 8, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, Civil War Trust Teacher Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, October 8, 2011 (televised on C-SPAN)
  • Massachusetts Historical Society, January 27, 2010
  • The Franklin N. Flaschner Judicial Institute, June 2, 2010 (Bench/Bar Reading Discussion Series event with judges from the Massachusetts Trial Court and Massachusetts Appeals Court)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, June 24, 2010
  • 2008 Society of Civil War Historians Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 16, 2008
  • 2007 Organization of American Historians Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 30, 2007

Selected Organizations and Service

  • Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society, May 2008-present
  • Member, Board of Overseers, USS Constitution Museum, July 2007-present