Office Location: Medbury 102
Professor Holdren received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota in 2014. Before coming to Drake, he was a Jerome Hall Fellow at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. His Ph.D. dissertation, now the basis for his book project, used the history of employee injury law as a point of entry to investigate the relationships between law, gender, disability, class, and capitalism. An article based on a chapter of his dissertation appeared in the journal Enterprise & Society. He is broadly interested in asking questions about when law produces justice and injustice, how people who govern think about their actions, and how those ideas affect the people governed.
Professor Holdren teaches courses in the First Year Seminar program and in Law, Politics, and Society. His course topics include the role of law in the exclusion of social minorities, slavery, and markets in morally charged things. Outside of his academic life, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, exercising, music, and reading creative nonfiction.