Richard J. Ross is Professor of Law and History at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. His research interests center on the development of early American law in an Atlantic world and comparative early Modern framework. Work in this vein includes: “Legal Communications and Imperial Governance: British North America and Spanish America Compared,” in The Cambridge History of Law in America, Vol. 1 (Cambridge, 2008); and Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1600–1850, co-edited with Lauren Benton (NYU Press, 2013). With Steven Wilf, he is at work on The Beginnings of American Law: A Comparative History (under contract, Yale University Press).