Donald Sutherland


Late Carver Professor of History and Law

  • BA, Swarthmore College
  • DPhil, Oxford University

Donald Sutherland was one of the pre-eminent historians of medieval English law. He received his undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Swarthmore and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate in medieval history. He joined the Department of History at the University of Iowa as an instructor in 1958, becoming assistant professor in 1960, associate professor in 1964, and full professor in 1967. In 1985, he was appointed Carver Professor of History and Law. Among his many publications were the ground-breaking studies, Quo Warranto Proceedings in the Reign of Edward I (published in 1968), and The Assize of Novel Disseisin (published in 1973), both published by the Clarendon Press of Oxford University. Professor Sutherland died unexpectedly of a fatal heart attack on September 9, 1986. In his name and memory, the American Society of Legal History awards an annual prize for the best article in English legal history.