Lawrence Cappello

Lawrence Cappello

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, The City University of New York


Research Interests

  • US Legal and Constitutional History
  • History of Privacy
  • Law and Society
  • 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 History of Privacy in America (HY 430)
  • 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 States, University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.
  • “Big Iron and the Small Government: A History of Data Collection and Privacy in the United States,” Journal of Policy History, fall 2016.
  • “Reports that ‘Privacy is Dead’ Have Been Greatly Exaggerated,” The Wall Street Journal, Sep 5, 2017.
  • “In Harm’s Way: The Lawrence Textile Strike Children’s Affair,” in R. Forrant and J. Siegenthaler (eds.), The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912: New Scholarship on the Bread and Roses Strike, Baywood Publishing, 2014.
  •  “How are 9/11-Era Veterans Fairing in the Modern Economy? A Quantitative Study by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity,” The New York Center for Latino Studies — Latino Data Project, spring 2017