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Professor of Law, Georgetown University
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Legal history, history of capitalism, business, 20th century United States, consumer credit, consumer bankruptcy, small-dollar loans, federalism
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Anne Fleming is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches courses on contracts, bankruptcy, secured transactions, and consumer debt.  Fleming’s research interests include contract law, commercial law, and American legal history, with a focus on the relationship between law and poverty.  Her work has appeared in law reviews and history journals, including the Georgetown Law Journal and the Law & History Review.   She is the author of City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance (Harvard, 2018).

Fleming received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as a board member of the Legal Aid Bureau.  After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She also practiced law as a staff attorney for South Brooklyn Legal Services, representing low-income homeowners facing foreclosure.  Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Fleming taught at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law.  She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

The American Society for Legal History has recognized Fleming’s work with the Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars Award and a William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Fellowship.  She has also received the Ralph Gomory prize, K. Austin Kerr prize and the Herman E. Krooss dissertation prize from the Business History Conference.

Recent Publications

City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance (Harvard University Press, 2018)

Legal History as Economic History, in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History (Christopher Tomlins and Markus D. Dubber eds., Oxford University Press, 2018)

Two Centuries of Policing Swindles and Humbugs, 46 Reviews in American History 211 (2018) (reviewing Edward J. Balleisen, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (2017))

The Long History of “Truth in Lending, 30 Journal of Policy History 236 (2018)

The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the “Law of the Poor,” 102 Georgetown Law Journal 1383 (2014)

The Borrower’s Tale: A History of Poor Debtors in Lochner Era New York City, 30 Law & History Review 1053 (2012)


Media Coverage,,
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History, Law, Politics, Urban History