Lawrence Cappello

Lawrence Cappello

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, The City University of New York


Research Interests

  • U.S. Legal and Constitutional History
  • History of Privacy
  • 20th Century U.S. Social and Political History

Current Projects

  • How to Talk About Privacy (Without Sounding Like a Conspiracy Theorist)™ – manuscript preparation

Courses Taught

  • The Great Cases in US Legal History (HY 306)
  • The Right to Privacy (HY 430)
  • U.S. Constitutional History (HY 323 & 324)
  • The New Deal and The Great Society (HY 400)
  • American Civilization Since 1865 (HY 104)

Awards and Honors

  • John Anson Kittredge Prize, 2016
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute Liberty Teaching Grant, 2014
  • Queens College Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016

Selected Publications

  • None of Your Damn Business: A History of Privacy in the United StatesUniversity of Chicago Press, 2019.
  • “Big Iron and the Small Government: A History of Data Collection and Privacy in the United States,” Journal of Policy History, Vol. 28, No. 4, Fall 2016.
  • “Reports that ‘Privacy is Dead’ Have Been Greatly Exaggerated,” The Wall Street Journal, Sep 5, 2017.
  • “Can Government Function Without Privacy?” The Atlantic, November 1, 2015.
  • “Privacy and the Profit Motive,” The Nation, May 4, 2015.