Modern Intellectual History, a Cambridge University Press journal, has appointed David Sehat and Daniel Wickberg to the editorial board. The Society for U.S. Intellectual History is proud to have a number of its members involved in this pre-eminent journal, including Charles Capper, an editor of the journal, Thomas Bender, Howard Brick, David Hollinger, and James Kloppenberg.
David Sehat is at present an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University and is the author of the award-winning book, The Myth of American Religion Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2011). Sehat is now working on his second book, tentatively entitled Inventing the Founders. It argues that the appeal to the Founders in contemporary political discourse often says more about us than it does about them. He is also a founding member of S-USIH, a former contributor to the blog, and the immediate past chair of the conference committee.
Daniel Wickberg is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas-Dallas and the author of The Senses of Humor: Self and Laughter in American Culture, (Cornell University Press, 1998). He is currently developing several projects, including a series of essays on cultural and intellectual historiography. Wickberg is also working on a book project, titled The Sympathetic Revolution: The Meaning of Sympathy in American Culture, 1750-1950. This work seeks to trace the larger cultural implications of the concept of sympathy in the United States, and to give to sympathy a centrality that ideas such as equality and individualism have had in the understanding of American culture. Wickberg’s presence at the S-USIH annual conference and on the society’s blog has been significant to the success of both.