Leon Meltzer Professor of Law and Professor of History
BRUCE H. MANN is a noted legal historian who takes special interest in the Early American era. But it is a piece of personal history that gives him great pleasure as he begins a new academic year.
After 17 years at Penn
Law, Mann has been appointed
the Leon Meltzer
Professor of Law and Professor
A “It pleases me enormously
to be the third holder of a chair that was previously held by
two people (A. Leo Levin and Michael Moore) I’m both very
fond of and respect.”
Mann began his academic career at the University of Connecticut.
Prior to Penn, he taught at Washington University in
St. Louis. In his years at Penn, Mann has won three teaching awards and developed unrivaled expertise in the study of bankruptcy
in colonial America. His latest book, Republic of Debtors:
Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence, snared
three awards: the J. Willard Hurst Prize from the Law & Society
Association; the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American
Historical Association; and the SHEAR Book Prize from the
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.