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Susanna L. Blumenthal

Susanna L. Blumenthal taught at the University of Michigan Law School, 2001-2007.


Susanna L. Blumenthal researches and teaches in the areas of Anglo-American legal history, criminal law, and trusts and estates. She is currently working on a book that traces changing conceptions of human agency and responsibility through the history of American law. Professor Blumenthal received her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard-Radcliffe College, after which she spent a year on fellowship at Oxford. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Teaching Fellow and editor of the Yale Law Journal. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from Yale University, and her dissertation, "Law and the Modern Mind: The Problem of Consciousness in American Legal Culture, 1800-1930," was awarded the George Washington Egleston Prize in American History. Her most recent articles have focused on topics at the intersection of intellectual, cultural, and legal history, investigating notions of judicial authority and legal competence in nineteenth-century America. Before joining the Michigan faculty, she served as a law clerk to Judge Kimba M. Wood in the Southern District of New York and was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law. She spent the 2003-04 academic year as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University. She was also the recipient of a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for 2003-04.

Blumenthal left Michigan Law in 2007 to join the faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School. 

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*    "Susanna L. Blumenthal" 42 L. Quadrangle Notes 39 (Fall/Winter, 1999).

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