BENJAMIN ALPERS An associate professor of history, Alpers joined the faculty of the Oklahoma University Honors College in 1998. His primary teaching and research interests concern twentieth-century American intellectual and cultural history, with special interests in political culture and film history. Among the courses he offers in the Honors College are colloquia on World War II in history and memory and film noir, and Perspectives courses on American social thought and politics and culture in the Great Depression. Alpers is also affiliated with the History Department and the Film and Video Studies Program. He is the author of Dictators, Democracy, and American Public Culture: Envisioning the Totalitarian Enemy, 1920s-1950s (UNC Press, 2002). Alpers is currently working on a book on Leo Strauss, Straussianism, and American academic and political life.
ANDREW HARTMAN An associate professor at Illinois State University, Hartman focuses on twentieth-century United States intellectual history. His first book, Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. Hartman is currently writing another book, A War for the Soul Of America: A History of the Culture Wars, From the 1960s to the Present, which is contracted to be published by the University of Chicago Press. A War for the Soul of America will be the first comprehensive, full-length historical treatment of the culture wars, a series of public controversies that emerged from the polarized 1960s, dominated headlines during the 1980s and 1990s, and remain with us today.
RIVKA MAIZLISH A graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rivka grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. Her masters thesis is entitled “Repossessing the Past: Perry Miller’s American Renaissance.” Her interests include political thought, American literature, and philosophy of history, and she is currently working on a dissertation that will combine those topics to explore the cannon formation of the American Renaissance.
TIM LACY An academic advisor at Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Educational Affairs, Teaching and Learning Center. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago in history and is working on a book manuscript that looks at the Great Books idea and its chief creator and defender, Mortimer Adler. Lacy’s investment in the intellectual history as a field has been the single most significant factor in the development of the USIH blog and conference.
RAYMOND HABERSKI, JR. An associate professor of history at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana, Haberski is the author of four books, including most recently God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945 (Rutgers, 2012). For the 2008-2009 academic year, he was the Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the Center for the Study of the Americas (CSA) at the Copenhagen Business School. He is completing a book on Franciscan media for the Academy of American Franciscan History and has begun a project on Catholic thought from the end of the Second World War to the present.
L.D. BURNETT A doctoral student in Humanities/History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas, she has an undergraduate degree in English from Stanford University. Her dissertation will explore an infamous, emblematic but still inadequately understood battle in the so-called ‘Culture Wars’ of the 1980s: the ‘Great Books’ debate at Stanford University.
ROBERT GREEN II is a second year graduate student in the doctoral program at the University of South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Georgia Southern University in 2008 in Creative Writing, and a Masters of Arts in History in 2012. Currently, his research interests are African American intellectual history in the 20th century, political history, and the United States after 1965.