Susanna L. Blumenthal

2009-2010 LAPA Fellow

Home Institution, University of Minnesota

LAPA Fellow, 2009-2010

LAPA Fellow

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.