Previous Fellows

LAPA has hosted fellows since the 2000-2001 academic year. LAPA alumni come from many countries, many disciplines and many levels of seniority. All have shared a common commitment to the study of law and legal institutions. For more on our LAPA alumni, see the listing of fellows by cohort below. Each former LAPA fellow has her/his own "people page" on the site, reachable by link from the person's name in the cohort listings or from the People Archive.


fellows 2009-2010 Right to Left: Bernadette Meyler, George Bustin, Judi Rivkin, Paul Frymer, Susanna Blumenthal, Jim Staihar, Leslie Gerwin, Ralf Michaels, Jeannine Bell, Harry Litman, Jennifer Bolton, Eli Salzberger

Jeannine Bell , 2009-2010 LAPA Fellow
Susanna L. Blumenthal , 2009-2010 LAPA Fellow
Bernadette Meyler , 2009-2010 Mellon/LAPA Fellow in Law and Humanities
Ralf Michaels , 2009-2010 LAPA Fellow, LAPA/Crane Fellow
Eli M. Salzberger , 2009-2010 Microsoft/LAPA Fellow
Jim Staihar , 2009-2010 LAPA Fellow

Susanna L. Blumenthal

Susanna Blumenthal is Associate Professor of Law and History at the University of Minnesota, where she researches and teaches in the areas of American legal history, criminal law, and trusts and estates. Professor Blumenthal's most recent articles, which explore the historical relationship between law and the human sciences, appear in the Harvard Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Law and History Review.  Blumenthal received her A.B., magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College and went on to earn a J.D. and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, where she was awarded the George Washington Egleston Prize for Best Dissertation in American History. After law school, she clerked for Judge Kimba M. Wood of United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Blumenthal joined the Minnesota faculty as a tenured member of the Law School and History Department in 2007, after teaching at the University of Michigan Law School. She presently serves as the Director of the Legal History Program at the University of Minnesota, and was appointed as the John K. & Elsie Lampert Fesler Fellow at the Law School for 2007-2008. Other prizes and fellowships Blumenthal has received include the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at New York University School of Law, the Sargent Faull Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, by the American Council of Learned Societies. At LAPA she will continue her  current work on a book about insanity trials in the nineteenth-century United States, entitled Law and the Modern Mind: Consciousness and Culpability in American Legal Culture, which will be published by Harvard University Press. Other works in progress include an essay analyzing transatlantic medico-legal debates concerning the sanity of suicide across the nineteenth century, and a book-length study of the legal regulation of fraud in Gilded Age America.


Jim Staihar

Jim Staihar earned an A.B. in philosophy from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review.  After law school, he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, where he wrote a dissertation on the justification of state punishment.  While in graduate school, he held a John M. Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics at the University of Michigan Law School.  In his dissertation, he defends a novel theory of why and how much criminals deserve to be punished.  His article "A New Systematic Explanation of the Types and Mitigating Effects of Exculpatory Defenses" is forthcoming in the New Criminal Law Review.  At LAPA, he will work on several projects involving an issue of punitive desert or blameworthiness.  Some of these projects concern the role that moral luck should play in criminal liability, permissible forms of punishment, and the plausibility of a principle of alternate possibilities.  More generally, he will explore limits on the types of conduct that a state is permitted to criminalize.