Broadly defined, my research interests include the history of philosophy, in particular pragmatism and continental thought; the history of political, literary, and critical theory; and applications of the sociology of knowledge for intellectual history. More narrowly, I am interested in the reemergence of rhetoric as a serious philosophic topic among some intellectuals in the mid-twentieth century United States, and the relation of this to globalization.

  • Major: U.S. Intellectual History - Minor: Modern European History

MA Title:

  • "Equipment for Living: Richard McKeon and Kenneth Burke’s Philosophic Friendship and the Vision of Pluralism that Sustained It"

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "America's Moral Conscience: John Rawls and the Making of Modern Liberalism"


  • BA - Kent State University

Selected Publications:

  • “The Unending Conversation: Kenneth Burke and Richard McKeon’s Aesthetic Pragmatism, 1920-1960” Modern Intellectual History, (June 2016): 1-32.


  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, Mellon Foundation, 2016

  • Outstanding ILS Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison Integrated Liberal Studies Program, 2015

  • Dissertation Research Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2013

  • Vilas Research Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School, 2013

  • Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School, 2013

  • Early Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2011

Courses Taught as TA:

  • Fall 2015 History Lab Writing Center - Position: Writing Tutor

  • Spring 2015 Integrated Liberal Studies 202 - “Western Culture: Science, Technology, Philosophy II”
    Faculty Member: Professor Catherine Jackson

  • Spring 2012 Communication Arts 262 - “Theory and Practice of Argumentation and Debate”
    Faculty Member: Lecturer Jennifer Keohane

  • Fall 2011, Communication Arts 100 - 2013, 2014 “Introduction to Speech Composition”
    Faculty Member: Professor Stephen Lucas

  • Spring 2011 History 302 - “History of American Thought, 1859-Present”
    Faculty Member: Professor Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Courses Taught as Instructor:

  • Spring 2016- History Lab Writing Center - Present - Position: Director

  • Fall 2015 PhotoMidwest (Local Photography Studio) Course - “Everyday Inspiration: Developing Photography Projects” - Self-Designed Course


Brad Baranowski

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen