Who is Bruce H. Mann?
Bruce H. Mann is a Professor of Law at ‘Harvard Law School.’ He teaches ‘American Legal History’ among other subjects. Over the years, Bruce has taught as a permanent or visiting faculty at many universities, including ‘Washington University,’ ‘University of Connecticut,’ ‘University of Pennsylvania,’ and ‘University of Houston’ among other prestigious universities across the United States. Bruce is also a passionate legal historian. His research focuses on the complex interconnections between economic, social, and legal changes in early America. His written works include ‘Neighbors and Strangers: Law and Community in Early Connecticut’ and ‘Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence.’ His book ‘Republic of Debtors’ won the ‘SHEAR Book Prize,’ ‘Littleton-Griswold Prize,’ and ‘J. Willard Hurst Prize.’ He has written essays and articles in various history journals as well. He also worked as the co-editor of ‘The Many Legalities of Early America’ along with Christopher Tomlins.
Childhood & Early Life
Bruce Hartling Mann was born on April 27, 1950, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America. Bruce was enrolled at ‘Hingham High School’ from where he graduated in the year 1968. He was then enrolled at ‘Brown University’ from where he graduated with a degree in ‘Bachelor of Arts.’
He went on to earn a ‘Master of Arts’ degree from ‘Brown University’ before enrolling at the ‘Yale University.’ In 1975, he earned a ‘Master of Philosophy’ degree and the ‘Doctor of Jurisprudence’ degree from ‘Yale University.’ In 1977, he received his ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ degree from ‘Yale University.’
The final assignment submitted by Bruce before receiving his ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ degree was titled as ‘Rationality, Legal Change, and Community in Connecticut, 1690–1760.’ In 1975, Bruce received his license to practice law in Connecticut.
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Bruce H. Mann started his career by teaching at various universities. He first taught at ‘The University of Connecticut School of Law.’ He then joined the ‘Faculty of Law’ at ‘Washington University in St. Louis.’
Bruce went on to teach at various universities including ‘University of Houston,’ ‘University of Michigan,’ and ‘University of Texas at Austin.’ He has also taught history at ‘Princeton University.’
In 1987, he started teaching at ‘The University of Pennsylvania Law School’ (Penn Law). While teaching at ‘Penn Law,’ he came to be known as an excellent faculty member of ‘Legal History,’ ‘Property,’ and ‘Trusts & Estates.’
Speaking about his experience teaching at ‘Penn Law,’ Bruce has said the university is an exceptional place to teach as the students come prepared to like the law school. Because of its locality, the university gives Bruce the access to early American history. His love for history and law had him describing the university as ‘the academic equivalent of a gigantic toy store.’
In 2006, he started working at ‘Harvard Law School.’ He currently teaches at the prestigious law school, where he is known as the Professor of Law. Apart from being known as a teacher, Bruce is also known as one of the elected members of the ‘American Antiquarian Society.’ He is also a ‘Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.’ From 2011 to 2013, he served as the president of the ‘American Society for Legal History.’
Other Major Works
Bruce H. Mann wrote a book titled ‘Neighbors and Strangers: Law and Community in Early Connecticut,’ which was published in 1987 by the ‘University of North Carolina Press.’ The digital version of the book was released on September 14, 2010.
He authored another book titled ‘Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence.’ This book was published in the year 2002 by ‘Harvard University Press.’ In the book, Bruce has highlighted the issues pertaining to debts in early American society.
Bruce has also penned down various essays and articles in history journals and law reviews. In 2001, he co-edited a book titled ‘The Many Legalities of Early America,’ which is a collection of 17 original essays. He has also worked as an editor of ‘Law and History Review’ which is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal that covers America’s legal history.
Awards & Honors
In 1996, Bruce was honored by ‘Penn Law’ with the ‘Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching.’ In 1999, he received the ‘Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.’ The award is the highest recognition for teaching excellence given by the ‘University of Pennsylvania.’ In total, Bruce has been honored with five teaching awards out of which four were given by ‘The University of Pennsylvania Law School.’
His book ‘Republic of Debtors’ was honored by the ‘Society for Historians of the Early American Republic’ with the ‘SHEAR Book Prize.’ It was also honored by the ‘American Historical Association’ with the ‘Littleton-Griswold Prize’ and then by the ‘Law and Society Association’ with the prestigious ‘J. Willard Hurst Prize.’
Personal Life & Legacy
In 1980, Bruce H. Mann got married to famous American politician Elizabeth Ann Warren. Elizabeth Warren was previously married to Jim Warren with whom she had two children. Upon his marriage to Elizabeth, Bruce became the stepfather to Amelia and Alex Warren.
Like her husband, Elizabeth has also taught at ‘Harvard Law School.’ Bruce and Elizabeth met in Florida while attending a conference for law professors. Bruce is an ardent supporter of his wife’s political career. He often accompanies her during campaigns and other political conferences.
Though they love watching movies, Bruce and Elizabeth hardly get time to go to the movie theatres. However, they still manage to watch movies at the comfort of their home.
Bruce H. Mann is a passionate teacher. His students at ‘The University of Pennsylvania Law School’ had once said that Bruce would receive a platinum medal if there was a teaching event at the Olympics.