Susanna Blumenthal is a legal historian whose scholarship is broadly concerned with the problematics of personhood, focusing more particularly on questions of identity, agency, and responsibility. During her fellowship year, she will be working on the book project entitled The Apprehension of Fraud in Modern America. Centering on the duplicitous self, the book examines the role of law in policing the ambiguous borderland between capitalism and crime. It is composed of a series of case studies about deceit in domestic and political as well as economic spheres of American culture, which are ultimately designed to illuminate the tangled relationship between law, trust, and truth in a liberal democracy.
Blumenthal is the William L. Prosser Professor of Law and Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, where she co-directs the Program in Law and History. She is author of Law and the Modern Mind: Consciousness and Responsibility in American Legal Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016), which won the Merle Curti Intellectual History Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Cheiron Book Prize from the Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her work has appeared in Harvard Law Review, Law and History Review, and Law and Social Inquiry, among other journals. She holds a JD and a PhD in history from Yale University.