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S-USIH Officers: 2018-2020

Sarah Gardner, President

Sarah Gardner is Distinguished University Professor of History at Mercer University, where she teaches courses on nineteenth-century America. Her research interests include print culture, the literary marketplace, and the intellectual history of the Civil War era. She is the author of Blood and Irony: Southern White Women’s Narratives of the Civil War, 1861-1937 and Reviewing the South: The Literary Marketplace and the Southern Renaissance, 1920-1941. She is currently finishing a study of reading during the American Civil War. With Steven M. Stowe, she is co-editing a volume of essays, titled “Insiders, Outsiders: New Directions in the Intellectual History of the American South” for the University of North Carolina Press. With Natalie J. Ring, she is co-editing “The Lost Lectures of C. Vann Woodward” for Oxford University Press.

Rebecca Brenner, Secretary

Rebecca Brenner is a PhD candidate in history at American University in Washington, DC. She passed comprehensive exams with distinction in early US, recent US, and public history. Rebecca is currently researching and writing her dissertation on Sunday mail delivery from 1810 through 1912, focusing on the experiences of religious minorities and disenfranchised persons. In May 2017, Rebecca earned her masters with a concentration in public history from American University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College with majors in history (honors) and philosophy.

Andrew Klumpp, Treasurer

Andrew Klumpp is a PhD candidate in American religious history at Southern Methodist University. His research investigates rising rural-urban tensions in the nineteenth-century Midwest, focusing on rural understandings of religious liberty, racial strife, and reform movements. His work has been supported by grants from the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Van Raalte Institute, and the Joint Archives of Holland and has appeared in Methodist History and the 2016 volume The Bible in Political Debate. He also currently serves as the associate general editor of the Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America.

Richard Candida Smith, Chair of Publications

Richard Cándida Smith is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published seven books, most recently Improvised Continent: Pan-Americanism and Cultural Exchange (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) and over forty essays in publications from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Britain. His work has explored arts and literary networks, movements, and institutions in the United States, with an emphasis on international connections and exchange. Long active in oral history, for the last six years he has been working with Voices of Contemporary Art offering two-day workshops on the artist interview. He sits on several editorial boards and committees. He has been helping organize U.S. participation in the [email protected] Cultures: A Digital Platform for Transatlantic Cultural History (1700 to Now) an international project under the direction of historians from France and Brazil bringing together scholars from every part of the world. He is a contributor to Ekphrasis, an interdisciplinary, international project based in the Netherlands exploring the poetics of text and image.

Sara Georgini, Chair 2020 Conference (Boston, MA)

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Sara earned her Ph.D. in History from Boston University in 2016. She is Series Editor of The Papers of John Adams, part of The Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She has worked on the selection, annotation, indexing, and book production of nearly a dozen scholarly editions drawn from the Adams Papers (Harvard University Press, 2009— ). Her research focuses on early American thought, culture, and religion. Her current book project is “Household Gods: Creating Adams Family Religion in the American Republic, 1583-1927.” She is a co-founder and contributor to The Junto, as well as a S-USIH Blogger. Her current public history project, in process here, is “A Woman’s Work,” a new collective biography of early American women intellectuals.

Natalia Petrzela, Chair 2019 Conference (New York, NY)

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is Associate Professor of History at The New School and author of CLASSROOM WARS: Sex, Language, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford, 2015). Her latest research concerns the history of fitness culture in the United States. Her writing has appeared in scholarly journals and collections and in media including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Slate, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Refinery29 and more. She is a cohost of the Past Present podcast and a frequent History Channel contributor. Her work has been supported by the Spencer, Whiting, Mellon, and Rockefeller Foundations and she holds a PhD from Stanford University.


TIM LACY, Chair 2018 Conference (Chicago, IL)

A founding member of the USIH blog and the Society, Tim Lacy, PhD, is an educator and independent historian. He authored The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Lacy is wrapping up a manuscript on “great books cosmopolitanism” before embarking on a long-term project about anti-intellectualism. Lacy lives in Chicago, recently teaching courses and seminars for the Newberry Library, Loyola University Chicago, and Monmouth College.

RAYMOND HABERSKI, JR., Administrative Officer

Raymond Haberski, Jr. is Professor of

History and Director of American Studies at IUPUI. The American Studies program offers a unique applied doctorate that leverages research centers and external partners for a theoretically rich, experientially vibrant experience. For the 2008–2009 academic year he held the Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies. He helped found and still helps to run the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. Haberski’s books include It’s Only a Movie: Films and Critics in American Culture (2001), Freedom to Offend: How New York Remade Movie Culture (2007), The Miracle Case: Film Censorship and the Supreme Court(2008), God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945 (2012), the forthcoming in 2018, Voice of Empathy: A History of Franciscan Media in the United States distributed by Catholic University Press and published by the American Academy of Franciscan History entitled. He is the co-editor of two other books: with Andrew Hartman, No Things but in Ideas: U.S. Intellectual History; and with Philip Goff and Rhys Williams, Beyond Bellah: Essays on American Civil Religion in the Twenty-First Century. Currently he is working on a monograph that looks at the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ pastoral letter The Challenge of Peace as a reflection of American use of just war theory and a second project on the social history of the American blockbuster film.

In May 2015, the Executive Committee formally established this position and appointed Haberski to facilitate the relationship between the Society for U.S. Intellectual History and the institution (i.e. IUPUI) that supports specific operations important to the work of the society. The position is defined below and will be added to the bylaws of the society:

  1. Appointed position with a term decided by the executive committee; serves at the pleasure of the president of the society
  2. Non-voting membership to the executive committee—invited to give reports and answer questions
  3. Responsible for providing a mailing address for society business
  4. With the approval of the executive committee, carries out society business with the institution that has agreed to provide specific kinds of support to the society
  5. Seeks and applies for funding through the institution to help support the work of the society
  6. Helps executive committee officers fulfill their duties as described in the society’s constitution