Rabia Belt is a legal historian whose scholarship focuses on broad and diverse issues including 19th and 20th century U.S. History, Disability History, Legal History, Law of Democracy, History of Suffrage, African American History, American Indian History, and Gender History. A legal history scholar, her work has garnered praise. In 2015 the American Society of Legal History named her a Kathryn T. Preyer Scholar for her paper “Ballots for Bullets? The Disenfranchisement of Civil War Veterans.” She joins the Stanford Law Faculty in 2015 first as an academic fellow while finishing her dissertation, currently titled “Disabling Democracy in America: Disability, Citizenship, Suffrage, and the Law, 1830-1920.” She will take up her position as assistant professor at Stanford Law in the next academic year.
Prior to joining the Stanford Law faculty, she was a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Earlier in her career, she was a summer associate at Preston, Gates & Ellis, LLP, a parliamentary intern with the South African Human rights Commission, a research intern at the Office of the Monitor for Pigford v. Glickman & Brewington v. Glickman, and a student attorney with the University of Michigan Pediatric Advocacy Initiative. She received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2009 and her PhD in American Studies in 2015.