Education| Professorships |Honors, Awards, and Grants| Publications |Presentations


 

Education

2003: Ph.D. in History of American Civilization, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

1992: B.A. in History, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.

Professorships

2011-present: Merle Curti Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI.

2006-2011: Merle Curti Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI.

2003-2006: Assistant Professor of History, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Honors, Awards, and Grants

*The following is a selected, not comprehensive list.*

2014-15: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2013-2014: Institute for Research on the Humanities, UW-Madison, one-semester fellowship

2014-2016: Vilas Associate Award, UW-Madison, two-year award

2013: John H. Dunning Prize for the best book on any subject in U.S. History, American Historical Association  (American Nietzsche)

2013: Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best book in intellectual history, Journal of the History of Ideas (American Nietzsche)

2012: Society for U.S. Intellectual History Prize for the best book in American intellectual history (American Nietzsche)

2008-2012: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate School Research Award.

2010: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for the Humanities, Mellon-sponsored First Book Prize

2006: National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend.

2005-2006: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Scholars Program, Cambridge, MA.

2005-2006: Charles Warren Center Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA [declined].

2005-2006: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT [declined].

2001-2002: Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

2000-2001: Harvard Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

1999-2000 and Summer 2008: Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, Ladenburg, Germany.

1998-1999: Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, research fellowship and participation in seminar administered by the Social Science Research Council, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany.

Publications

*The following is a selected, not comprehensive list.*

The Worlds of American Intellectual History, edited with James Kloppenberg, Michael O’Brien, and     Joel Isaac (Oxford University Press, in production).

Protest on the Page: Essays on Print and the Cultures of Dissent Since 1865, edited with James Baughman and James Danky (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015).

“Speaking (Relative) Truth to Power: The Black Nietzsche.” Raritan, Spring 2015.

“Philosophy,” The Fin-de-Siècle World, ed. Michael Saler (Routledge, 2014), 424-40.

Review of Lawrence Friedman, The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet (New York: Columbia    University Press, 2013), in Journal of American History, 101 (September 2014), 643-44.

"Philosophy," Oxford Encyclopedia of American Intellectual and Cultural History, ed. Joan S. Rubin and Scott Casper (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

“My Own Private Nietzsche: An American Story,” Wilson Quarterly (Winter 2012).

“Worldly Possessions: Nietzsche’s Texts, American Readers, and the Intimacy and Itinerancy of Ideas,” New German Critique (Summer 2011): 23-50.

“Anti-Intellectualism as Romantic Discourse” (Dædalus, Spring 2009): 41-52.

“Conventional Iconoclasm: The Cultural Work of the Nietzsche Image in Twentieth-Century America” (Journal of American History, December 2006): 728-54.

“‘Dionysian Enlightenment’: Walter Kaufmann’s Nietzsche in Historical Perspective” (Modern Intellectual History, August 2006): 239-69.

“Transcendentalism,” “Leo Strauss,” and “Intellectual Exiles,” in Thomas Adam, ed., Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (ABC-CLIO, 2005).

Presentations

*The following is a selected, not comprehensive list.*

I) Invited Talks

“The Politics of Women’s Wisdom.” American Political History Institute, Boston University, Boston, MA, April 2015.

“Sophia Rising: The Making of Women’s Wisdom, 1960s-90s.” Workshop in American Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 2015.

“The American Ways of Wisdom.” Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 2015.

“Seeking Words of Wisdom: Or, What the Traffic in Quotation May Tell Us About American Intellectual Life.” Bay Area Consortium for the History of Ideas in America, Stanford University Center for Humanities, Stanford, CA, February 2015.

“Word to the Wise.”  Visiting Scholars Program, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, November 2014.

“Words of Wisdom: The Market for Quotation in American Culture.” Ray Ginger Invited Lecturer, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, November 2014.

“The Soul of Herbert Marcuse.” The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse Conference, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, October 2014.

“The Holy’s Atlantic Crossings: Otto and Mid-Twentieth Century American Spirituality.” The Holy in a Pluralistic World: Rudolf Otto’s Legacy in the Twenty-first Century Conference, Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, October 2014.

“Nietzsche's Emerson: Or, How an American Transcendentalist Helped a German Philosopher Become What He Was.” The Francke Lectures in the Humanities, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT, December 2013.

“Nietzsche and Spirituality in the U.S.”  Horning Lecture, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Oregon State University, Corvalis, OR, March 2014.

"The Quest for Wisdom," Wisconsin Festival of Ideas, Madison, WI, April 26, 2013.

"Seeking a History of Wisdom Seeking: Possibilities and Perils in the Study of 20th-Century American Thought and Culture," U.S. Historian's Lunch Seminar, Vanderbilt University History Department, Nashville, TN, April 16, 2013.

“Repetition Making the Eternal Recurrence.” Keynote address at the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanities Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on “Repetition,” Baltimore, February 2013.

 “Speaking (Relative) Truth to Power: Antifoundationalism and Oppression in African-American Thought.” UW-Madison Political Theory Workshop, Madison, WI, December 2012.

“American Nietzsche.” Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, November 2012.

“Spirituality and the Sacred in Postwar American Thought.” Smithsonian Contemporary History Colloquium, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., June 2012./p>

On Nietzsche in America (Meet the Author event, talk and book signing), Newberry Library, Chicago, February 2012.

“Historians, Historical Memory, and You: America During Wartime,” Veterans Museum, Madison, WI, June 2011.

“U.S. Intellectual and Cultural Responses to World War II,” Newberry Library Teachers’ Consortium, Chicago, March 2011. 

“The Making of a ‘Good War’: American Thought During WWII,” Newberry Library Teachers’ Consortium, Chicago, December 2010. 

“American Übermensch: Reading Nietzsche’s Fan Mail,” Center for the Humanities, UW-Madison, October 2010.

“Thinking About American Thinking,” Plenary Speaker for “American Ideas in Context” Conference, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, September 2010.

“Anti-Intellectualism in American History,” Newberry Library Teachers’ Consortium. Chicago, December 2009/March 2010.

“Does the U.S. Have an Intellectual History?” N.E.S.C.O., Madison, June 2009.

“World Fame, Worldly Possessions: Nietzsche Devotion in America,” Princeton University Davis Center for Historical Studies, “Cultures in Motion Conference,” Princeton, NJ, March 2009.

“Transatlantic Crossings: The Making of an American Übermensch,” Ray Ginger Invited Speaker, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, March 2007.

“American Nietzsche: Text and Image,” Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, March 2006.

“Nietzsche in America.” American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, March 2006.

“Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and African American Existentialism,” University of Miami Phi Alpha Theta African Heritage Night, February 2004.

“Conventional Iconoclasm: The American Nietzsche,” New York Area Seminar in Intellectual and Cultural History, CUNY, New York City, December 2003.

“Books are Sublime: A Historical Look at Readers and Reading in American Life,” Invited Talk at Miamintelligence, Museum of Science, Miami, August 2003.

II) Conferences

“What is U.S. Intellectual History?” Plenary with Daniel Wickberg, Kathryn Lofton, Edward Blum, and Andrew Jewett, Society of US Intellectual History Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 2014.

“Alfred Kazin: Critic and Writer.”  Commentator. Society for US Intellectual History Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 2014.

Roundtable on David Hollinger’s Scholarship and Contributions to U.S. History.  Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 2014.

“Wisdom, Wonder, and Modern American Thought.” Harvard-Cambridge Conference on the Future of Atlantic Intellectual History, Cambridge, UK, July 2013.

“Naming Intellectual Movements: Who Gets to Be an ‘Ism’?”  Commentator. Organization of American Historians Conference. San Francisco, CA, 2013.

“The Longing for Wisdom and Wonder in 20th-Century U.S. History,” Harvard-Cambridge Conference on the Future of Atlantic Intellectual History, Cambridge, UK, July 2013.

“Spirituality and the Sacred,” American Historical Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, January 2013.

 “Naming Intellectual Movements: Who Gets to Be an ‘Ism’?”  Commentator, Organization of American Historians Conference. San Francisco, 2013.

“Wisdom, Wonder, and other Strange Longings in Modern American Thought,” The Futures of Atlantic Intellectual History, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 2012.

“Traveling Minds: Rethinking Intellectual Transfer Between Europe and the U.S.,” (Roundtable). U.S. Intellectual History Fourth Annual Conference, November 2011.

“The Ways of Wisdom: Popular Philosophy in Modern America,” on New Histories of American Philosophy Roundtable, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2011.

“Philosophy out of Doors: Thinking as a Handicraft and Spiritual Practice in Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974),” Third Annual U.S. Intellectual History Conference, Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center/CUNY/N.Y.C., October 2010.

“Antifoundationalism on Native Grounds,” Second Annual U.S. Intellectual History Conference, Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center/CUNY/N.Y.C., November 2009.

“Lost and Found: Edith Hamilton, the Ancient Greeks, and Moral Inquiry in Modern America,” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, New York, March 2008.

“Rorty’s Strong Poet: Nietzsche and American Postmodernism,” German Studies Association, San Diego, October 2007.

“The Problem with Paradise: European Exiles and American Cultural Criticism in the 1940s and 1950s,” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, San Jose, March 2005.

“Nietzsche in America: The Posthumous Travels of a Posthumous Philosopher,” Citizens, Nations, and Cultures: Transatlantic Perspectives Conference, The Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies, Maastricht, The Netherlands, October 2002.

“‘We Fearless Ones’: Cultural Critics and the Naturalization of Nietzsche, 1900-1920s,” American Historical Association Annual Conference, Chicago, January 2000.

“The Übermensch in America: Visions and Revisions of a Cultural Concept,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Montreal, September 1999.

III) Panels and Workshops

“Women in Intellectual History.”  Workshop/Conference, organized with Caroline Winterer (Stanford).  Stanford Humanities Center, Palo Alto, CA, Spring 2016.

“Author Meets Critics: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen's American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and his Ideas,” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Galloway, NJ, March 2013.

“New Histories of American Philosophy in Modern America,” Participant, Roundtable at American Historical Association Annual Conference, January 2011

UW-Center for Humanities Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshop, “Lived Inquiry: Anthropologies of the Intellect,” Co-Chair, 2010-2011.

“Introductory Remarks” for David Hollinger, “American Jewish History in a Post-Jewish Domain,” Madison, WI, April 2009.

“Berlin’s New Boundaries,” Panel Moderator, “The Wall Came Down: On the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall,” Madison, WI, November 2009.

“Political Theology,” Panel Chair, The Weimar Moment: Liberalism, Political Theology, and Law” Conference, Madison, WI, October 2008.

“New Directions in Intellectual History,” Commentator, and “Surveying Issues in Twentieth-Century Anti-Intellectualism,” Respondent on Plenary Session, U.S. Intellectual History Conference, Grand Rapids, October 2008.

Remarque Institute (N.Y.U.), Kandersteg Seminar on Intellectual History, Invited participant, Kandersteg, Switzerland, October-November 2007.

“Impact of Religious Pluralism: I,” Panel Chair, “Religious Pluralism in Modern America,” Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, Madison, WI, April 2007.