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).
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.
KURT NEWMAN is a Ph.D candidate in History at UC Santa Barbara. He is working on a dissertation entitled “The Multiplication of Everything: Cultural Workers, the Law, and Pragmatist Thought in the Golden Age of Analog,” and a project on the history of popular music in the US South since the 1960s. He is a founding co-editor, with James Livingston, of Politics/Letters, a new quarterly journal and web zine. As an intellectual historian, Kurt is most interested in the question of what it might mean to properly frame the relation between the production of new knowledge and the history of capitalism. This project would seem to require meditation upon canonical political economy, the Marxist tradition, and as wide a variety of critical theories (psychoanalytic, feminist, queer, critical race-oriented, and continental-philosophical) as can be assimilated given the constraints of time and space. Thus, in his contributions here, Kurt will try to work the “Theory beat,” with an eye to what might be most useful to students an practitioners of US intellectual history.
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 the author of The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). 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.
ANDREW SEAL is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Yale University. He is currently writing his dissertation, tentatively titled “Exporting the Common Man: Midwestern Intellectuals and U.S. Global Power, 1910-1960,” which critically examines the emergence and decline of an ideal of American character and civilization running parallel to the American Century and sharing its outward thrust, but derived from the histories and experiences specific to the Midwestern middle class. The project focuses on three domains of intellectual production–fiction, historiography, and journalism–and speaks to current debates in the histories of foreign relations, education, racial and class formation, and popular or mass culture. Andrew is especially interested in blogging on both current trends and forgotten legacies in US intellectual history, toggling between recovery projects and analyses of recently published scholarship and criticism.
L.D. BURNETT is a PhD candidate in Humanities/History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas; she has an undergraduate degree in English from Stanford. Her dissertation explores an infamous, emblematic but still inadequately understood battle in the so-called ‘Culture Wars’ of the 1980s: the ‘Great Books’ / ‘Western Culture’ 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.