Mariah Adin is a Fulbright Scholar and a historian specializing in the history of childhood and law. Her writings on the experience of children within the legal system has appeared in a variety of books and journals, including the article “‘I shall beat you so that the Devil shall laugh at it’: Children Violence and the Courts in New Amsterdam” which appeared in an edited collection by James Marten and was published by NYU Press. Her work on legal history more broadly includes several reviews and the encyclopedia article “History of Crime and Punishment in America:1900-1950.”

Ms. Adin has also accepted various invitations to present her work at conferences both nationally and internationally, including: Oxford University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the New England Historical Association, as well as other venues. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in history, and a master’s degree in legal anthropology at the State University of New York at Albany.

‘Let Them Eat Cake’ 2011-Style

Marian Adin

Mariah Adin: As a record number of Americans live below the poverty line to claim that poor children are doing well because they grow up to be “one inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than the GIs… in World War II” or that “the poorest Americans today live a better life than all but the richest persons a hundred years ago” only serves to show how awful it was one hundred years ago, not how wonderful it is today.