Dr. Hans Leaman

Dr. Hans Leaman

Rechtswissenschaft, Geschichte

Tel.: +49 (551) 4956 - 205
Fax: +49 (551) 4956 - 170
leaman(at)mmg.mpg.de

Hans Leaman received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. in History and Renaissance Studies from Yale University.  He subsequently taught at Yale for two years as Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in the Integrated Humanities, developing interdisciplinary courses on refugee studies, religious liberties, and the history of liberal arts education. 

He wrote his dissertation on consolation literature that Reformation-era Lutheran and Anabaptist pastors wrote to comfort confessional brethren when they faced exile on account of religious non-conformity. He interpreted the pastoral letters as identity-forming documents for both the exiles and the host societies that provided them refuge.  Hans is also interested in the community-formation and integration of migrant groups in more modern eras, and he has recently been studying German immigrants’ slow integration into English-speaking American society and American evangelicals’ perceptions of refugees and refugee policy in the past century. 

His project at MPI-MMG will evaluate the legal interpretations of religious freedom that have recently arisen in Western societies in response to immigrants’ religious practices.  He will examine courts’ construal of “religion” in both refugee law and human rights law, with special attention to predominantly Protestant societies’ treatment of material religion.