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Ed Balleisen is Associate Professor of History and Senior Fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He specializes in the evolving “culture of American capitalism,” the institutions, values, and practices that both structured and limited commercial activity. He is the author of Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America and Scenes from a Corporate Makeover: Columbia/HCA and Heathcare Fraud, 1992-2001. His work has been published in numerous journals, including Business History Review, Australian Journal of Legal History, and Reviews in American History. In 2005, he was awarded the Howard D. Johnson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University and a doctoral degree in history from Yale University. He is currently working on a history of commercial fraud in the United States, and especially organizational fraud against consumers and investors, from the early nineteenth century to the present.