The Judge and The Historian

Ramses Delafontaine

Historians as Expert Witnesses Ramses Delafontaine

Otis L. Graham Jr.

Otis L. Graham

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Graham taught at the University of North Carolina. He is the author and editor of nineteen books and numerous articles on the history of the United States, especially on American reform movements, political economy, environment, and immigration. He has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Centre for Advanced Study and Behavioural Sciences, and received the Robert Kelley Memorial Award from the National Council on Public History. He has served as the editor of the journal The Public Historian for eight years. He continues his involvement with The Public Historian as a senior editor.

Graham has been active in four trials over a time period spanning more than fifteen years. In a deposition given for Schwartz v. Liggett Group, Graham declared he charged $125 an hour for his litigation-driven work.[1]In his 2006-article on historians as expert witnesses, Proctor states that Graham is a recruiter of other expert historians for tobacco-related litigation in service of legal firms who defend the tobacco industry.[2]


[1] Deposition of Otis Graham, December 18, 2003, Schwartz v. Liggett Group. Westlaw reference: 2003 WL 25967718.

[2] Proctor, Robert. 2006. ‘Everyone Knew But No One Had Proof’: Tobacco Industry Use of Medical History Expertise in US courts, 1990-2002. Tobacco Control 15, 121.