Position title: Merle Curti and Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor of History
Office: 4111 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4023 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm or by appointment
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.
Ph.D., Brandeis University
B.A., University of Rochester
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (Co-editor), Joel Isaac (Co-editor), James T. Kloppenberg (Co-editor), and Michael O’Brien (Co-editor). The Worlds of American Intellectual History. Oxford Universiity Press, 2016.
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (Co-editor), James L. Baughman (Co-editor), and James P. Danky (Co-editor). Protest on the Page: Essays on Print and the Culture of Dissent since 1865. University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.
- “American Dreaming 3.0,” Aeon (May 2017)
- “A Mind of One’s Own,” Dissent (Fall 2015)
- “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).
- History 102 – U.S. History, Civil War to the Present – Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
- History 109 – Introduction to U.S. History: “The Making of the American Mind 16th Century – Present” – Syllabus 2020 (pdf)
- History 201 – A History of Your Parents’ Generation, 1970-90s
- History 221 – Explorations in American History: “Ideas and Culture in 19th Century America”
- History 221 – Explorations in American History: “The Cultural and Intellectual History of Your Parents’ Generation (1970s-’90s)” Syllabus 2018 (pdf)
- History 300 – Madison Intellectual Life
- 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 – U.S. Intellectual & Cultural History: Literature of the Field- Syllabus 2009 (pdf)