Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

My specialization is U.S. intellectual and cultural history. My research and teaching interests include the history of philosophy, political and social theory, religion, literature, and the visual arts; the transatlantic flow of intellectual and cultural movements; print culture; and cultural studies. I teach a range of courses on U.S. thought and culture, and intellectual and cultural history from a transnational perspective.


  • PhD - Brandeis University
  • BA - University of Rochester 


Protest on the Page: Essays on Print and the Culture of Dissent since 1865, co-editer, (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015).  View Book Details
American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (University of Chicago Press, 2012).  View Book Details

Selected Publications:

  • "Anti-Intellectualism as Romantic Discourse" (Daedalus, Spring 2009).
  • “Conventional Iconoclasm: The Cultural Work of the Nietzsche Image in Twentieth-Century America” (Journal of American History, December 2006).
  • “‘Dionysian Enlightenment’: Walter Kaufmann’s Nietzsche in Historical Perspective” (Modern Intellectual History, August 2006).

Advisor To:

  • Brad Baranowski
  • Erik Hmiel
  • Ben Kasten
  • Rivka Maizlish
  • Jennifer Stitt

History Courses:

  • History 102 - U.S. History, Civil War to the Present - Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
  • History 221 - Explorations in American History: "Ideas and Culture in 19th Century America"
  • History 302 - History of American Thought, 1859 to the Present - Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
  • History 600 - Emerson, Nietzsche, & American Culture - Syllabus 2009 (pdf)
  • History 600 - Public Intellectuals in the U.S. - Syllabus 2008 (pdf)
  • History 600 - African-American Intellectual History - Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
  • History 901 - Studies in American History: "U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History"
  • History 951 - Intellectual History of America: "Intellectual Exiles in the U.S." - Syllabus 2008 (pdf)

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Merle Curti Associate Professor of History



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