2015 S-USIH Conference


Theme Problems and Their Publics

We are very pleased to publish the program for the 2015 S-USIH Conference, which will be held October 15-18 at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C. A few bits of important information first:

All participants must be S-USIH members. You can join here.

All participants must also register for the conference. You can do so here   (This link gives you the opportunity to help fund conference fees for graduate students. Graduate students will be given the chance to apply to have registration fees covered at a later date. But in the meantime everyone must register including graduate students.)

You can secure hotel reservations at the conference rate 1 of 3 ways: by calling the Hamilton Crowne’s central reservations number (1-877-622-1970); by booking online using this code (SIJ); or by clicking on the following link that will direct you to the group page: Society for US Intellectual History. If you have any issues booking feel free to contact Clevette Colclough, Senior Catering & Convention Service Manager (202-218-7577).


Thursday October 15


Hamilton Ballroom

  1. Opening Plenary: “Little Magazines: Past, Present, Future”

Moderator: Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The New School

Jackson Lears, Raritan

Dan McCarthy, The American Conservative

David Marcus, Dissent

Rachel Rosenfelt, The New Inquiry

Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin

Friday October 16


Lafayette Park

S-USIH Business Meeting

All members of the society are invited to attend

8:45am-10:30am: Session I

Hamilton Ballroom

  1. Roundtable: “Science and Intellectual History”

Chair: Sarah E. Igo, Vanderbilt University

Henry M. Cowles, Yale University

David K. Hecht, Bowdoin College

Andrew Jewett, Harvard University

Rebecca M. Lemov, Harvard University

Lafayette Park

  1. “Thinking Differently About Development”

Chair/Commentator: Andrew Zimmerman, George Washington University

Mark Edwards, Spring Arbor University, “Holy Modernity: Protestant Secularism and the Council on Foreign Relations”

Daniel Immerwahr, Northwestern University, “Thinking Outside Modernization: New Work in Midcentury Social Thought”

Amy C. Offner, University of Pennsylvania, “Building the Decentralized State: Colombia and the United States, 1950-1990”

McPherson Square

  1. “The Intellectual History of Statecraft

Chair/Commentator: David Wrobel, University of Oklahoma

Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon, First Federal Congress Project, “Titling the President: Negotiating Executive Authority in the Early American Republic”

Andrew Porwancher, University of Oklahoma, “The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton’s Hidden Life”

Amanda C. Demmer, University of New Hampshire, “The Emergence of ‘Normalization’ in Cold War Foreign Policy”

Franklin Park A

  1. “Emotions and Ideas in America History” (a/v)

Chair/Commentator: Peter Stearns, George Mason University

Dustin Abnet, Cal State University-Fullerton, “‘A man is what his hormones make him’: Science, Technology, and Emotions in Machine Age American Culture”

Brad Baranowski, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Respect for Justice: John Rawls’s on Emotions and Moral Psychology”

Jeremy C. Young, Grand Valley State University, “The Experiential Turn in American History”

Franklin Park B

  1. “Speaking Liberal: Public Intellectuals and the Problem of Audiences”

Chair/Commentator: Thomas Sugrue, New York University

Fatma Dogus Özdemir, Bilkent University, “Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Gendered Idealism and the Demise of Great Society Liberalism

Robin Marie Averbeck, Independent Scholar, “Kenneth Clark and the White Liberal Audience”

Charles Richter, George Washington University, “Teaching Atheism at the Seminary: John Courtney Murray and the Atheism Seminar”

Farragut Square

  1. “Religious Critiques of Postwar American Culture and Thought”

Chair/Commentator: David Sehat, Georgia State University

Dan Hummel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The Politics of Religion: Liberal Protestantism and Neoconservatism in the 1970s”

Ian Van Dyke, Ohio University, “Republican Revelation: End Times Theology and American Conservatism in the Age of Reagan”

Erik Hmiel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Analytic Philosophy and Zen Buddhism”


  1. “Education and Civilization in the United States, 1890-1990”

Chair/Commentator: Ethan Schrum, Azusa Pacific University

Emilie Raymer, Johns Hopkins University, “From Biology to Society: Evolution and Heredity in Theories of Social Progress, 1890-1920”

Matthew Bowman, Henderson State University, “Christianity and Western Civilization at Two American Universities, 1915-1930”

Mario Rewers, Vanderbilt University, “American Studies and the Politics of Revisionism”

10:45am-12:30pm: Session II

Hamilton Ballroom

  1. Roundtable: “Framing the History of the U.S. in World Affairs: Imperialism, Isolationism, and Internationalism”

Chair: Raymond Haberski, Jr., IUPUI

Christopher McKnight Nichols, Oregon State University

Michaela Hoenicke Moore, University of Iowa

Michael Kazin, Georgetown University

Jackson Lears, Rutgers University

Lafayette Park

  1. Roundtable: “Forms of Personhood in Modern American Thought”

Sarah Igo, Vanderbilt University

Jonathan Levy, Princeton University

Daniel Wickberg, University of Texas at Dallas

Samuel Zipp, Brown University

McPherson Square

  1. “Nineteenth Century African American Political Thought” (Sponsored by the African American Intellectual History Society)

Chair/Commentator: Kami Fletcher, Delaware State University

Christopher Bonner, University of Maryland, “Samuel Cornish, Willis Hodges, and the Making of American Citizenship”

Kellie Carter Jackson, Hunter College, CUNY, ‘“At the Risk of Our Own Lives:’ Violence and the Fugitive Slave Law in Pennsylvania”

Christopher Cameron, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, “Secularism and Frederick Douglass’s Political Thought”

Franklin Park A

  1. “Academic Freedom and the American University in the Twentieth Century”

Chair/Commentator: Shanon Fitzpatrick, McGill University

David Weinfeld, University of Toronto, “Anti-Communist and Anti-Catholic: Horace Kallen and Academic Freedom”

Julian Nemeth, Dawson College, “‘The New Uncle Tom’s Cabin’? Reader Responses to William Buckley Jr.’s God and Man at Yale

Afrah Richmond, University of Bridgeport, “Harvard Black Student Activists as Democratizing Force in the Academy”

Franklin Park B

  1. “Transgressing Boundaries between the Social Sciences, Religion, and Secularism in the Twentieth Century”

Chair/Commentator: Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois, Chicago

Lilian Calles Barger, Independent Scholar, “Unlikely Alliance: Pragmatism and Theology at Chicago, 1906-1926”

Paul Murphy, Grand Valley State University, “A. Eustace Haydon, the New Humanist (1928-1936), and the Spiritual Aims of Progressivism”

Trevor Burrows, Purdue University, “A Distinctly Religious Phenomenon?”: Debating Religion and “the Movement” in the Long 1960s”

Farragut Square

  1. “A Public of Professionals: The Postwar White-Collar Middle Class and Its Anxious Search for Legitimacy”

Chair/Commentator: Mark Pittenger, University of Colorado

Sam Franklin, Brown University, “The Birth of the Creative Class”

Scott Kamen, Trinity College Dublin, “Legitimizing Middle-Class Ascendancy: The Americans for Democratic Action, the Constituency of Conscience, and the Reform of the Democratic Party”

Keegan Shepherd, University of South Florida, “The Birth of the Student-Consumer: Standardized Testing, Transparency, and Middle-Class Anxieties”


  1. “Some Problematic Publics: Conservative Feminists, International Insurers, and Philosophical Artists”

(Sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy)

Chair/Commentator: Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, Syracuse University

Daniel J. Brunson, Morgan State University, “Insurance and the Formation of a Public”

Aaron Rodriguez, Morgan State University, “The Public Philosopher as Artist: One Way that Philosophy can Matter”

Dorothy Rogers, Montclair State University, “Feminist/Conservative: An Unlikely Pairing”

12:30pm-2:00pm: Lunch


Hamilton Ballroom


Corey Robin, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center

“Publics That Don’t Exist and the Intellectuals Who Write for Them”

Introduced by Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois-Chicago, S-USIH President

3:45pm-5:30pm: Session III

Hamilton Ballroom

  1. “The Problem(s) of Democracy in the Long Nineteenth Century”

Chair: James T. Kloppenberg, Harvard University

Leslie Butler, Dartmouth College, “The American Family in the Age of Democracy”

Johann Neem, Western Washington University, “Democracy and Self-Culture in the Common School Movement”

Kyle Volk, University of Montana, “A Democracy of Personal Liberty: Progressive Antistatism and Its Politics, 1870-1920”

Commentator: Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University

Lafayette Park

  1. Roundtable: “Thinking about Organizing: Towards an Intellectual History of the Labor Movement?”

Chair: Rosanne Currarino, Queens University

Kyle Pruitt, University of Maryland

Richard Schneirov, Indiana State University

Wes Bishop, Purdue University

James Livingston, Rutgers University

McPherson Square

  1. Roundtable (hybrid): “The Constitution of the Economy in Progressive Thought”

Chair/Commentator: William Novak, University of Michigan

Laura Phillips Sawyer, Harvard University, “Institutional Economics and Managed Competition: US Antitrust, Economics, and Law in the Progressive Era, 1911-1929”

Sabeel Rahman, Brooklyn Law School, “Organizing the Public: Deweyan Democracy and the Regulatory State”

Carrie DeCell, Jenner & Block, “Deweyan Democracy and the Administrative State”

Ganesh Sitaraman, Vanderbilt University, “The Puzzling Absence of Economic Power in Constitutional Theory”

Jeremy Kessler, Columbia Law School, “The Early Years of First Amendment Lochnerism”

Franklin Park A

  1. “Sports and Their Publics” (a/v)

Chair/Commentator: Yago Colás, University of Michigan

John Bloom, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, ‘“Pretextual Stops:” Bicycle Mobility, Democratic Space, and Urban Misery in the United States Capital, 1963-2008’

Ashley Brown, George Washington University, “A Sportive Solution to America’s Global Problems: Tennis as Counterpunch to Communist Propaganda”

Jeffrey Lawrence, Rutgers University, “Professional Tennis and the Rise of Meritocratic Thinking”

Franklin Park B

  1. “Making America FIT: The History of US Wellness Publics and Their Problems”

Chair/Commentator: Micki McGee, Fordham University

Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela, The New School: “Charting the Intellectual Foundations of Postwar America’s Wellness Revolution”

Lindsay A. Bell, SUNY Oswego: “‘I’m Not Your Personal Trainer, I’m Your Personality Trainer’: Psychology’s Shaping of Contemporary American Wellness Publics”

Carol Horton, Independent Scholar, “Yoga is Not Dodgeball: Mind-Body Integration and Progressive Education”

Farragut Square

  1. “The Varieties of Public Catholicism in the Mid-Twentieth Century West”

Chair/Commentator: Ronald J. Granieri, University of Pennsylvania

Anthony Burke Smith, University of Dayton, “‘Red’ Catholic Cinema in America: Rossellini’s The Miracle and Cold War Public Culture”

Christopher Shannon, Christendom College, “The Salvation of the Nations: Jacques Maritain, Jean Daniélou and the Reimagining of Public Catholicism”

Daniel K. Williams, University of West Georgia, “Reclaiming the Hostile Public Square: Catholics and the Problem of American Liberalism after Roe v. Wade”


  1. “Social Science and Tradition in 20th Century America”

Chair/Commentator: Howard Brick, University of Michigan

Rivka Maizlish, University of Wisconsin-Madison,?”Keeping America Weird: Folklore and the Development of Social Science in the United States”

John Gee, Harvard University, “Authentic Acculturation: US Anthropologists, Indigenous Politics, and Traditional Values”

Adrianna Link, Johns Hopkins University, “A Sense of Urgency: Retracing Salvage Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-1970”

5:30pm-7:00pm: Reception (Co-Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Press)


Hamilton Ballroom

  1. Plenary: “Public Intellectuals since Russell Jacoby’s The Last Intellectuals”

Moderator: Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University

Russell Jacoby, University of California-Los Angeles

Jonathan Holloway, Yale University

Claire Potter, The New School

Leo Ribuffo, George Washington University

Saturday October 17

8:45am-10:30am: Session IV

Hamilton Ballroom

  1. Roundtable: “The Moynihan Report at Fifty”

Chair: Richard H. King, University of Nottingham

Daniel Geary, Trinity College Dublin

Greg Weiner, Assumption College

Lafayette Park

  1. Roundtable: “Christian Nationalism in American History”

Chair/Discussant: Mark Edwards, Spring Arbor University

Emily Conroy-Krutz, Michigan State University

Raymond Haberski, IUPUI

Lauren Turek, Trinity University

Steven K. Green, Willamette University

Matthew Sutton, Washington State University

McPherson Square

  1. “Facing the Founders: How Modern Thinkers Remade Early American History” (Sponsored by The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History)

Chair: Mark Boonshoft, New York Public Library

Sara Georgini, The Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, “A New North: Cold Warriors, Founding Fathers, and the Remaking of the American Midcentury Mind”

Andrew Schocket, Bowling Green State University, “A Tale of Two American Revolutions? Historians and, or Historians or, the Public”

Cassandra Good, Papers of James Monroe, University of Mary Washington, “Making the Historical Personal: The Founding Fathers, Gender, and the Cultural Turn”

Commenter: François Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins University

Franklin Park A

  1. “The People, Yes? Problems of Democratic Art in the Interwar Period”

Chair/Commentator: Robert Genter, Nassau Community College, SUNY

Rachel Donaldson, College of Charleston, “The Folk and Folklore: Public Folklorists of the New Deal”

Patrick Redding, Manhattanville College, “Wallace Stevens, the Popular Front, and the Poetics of Americana”

Andrew Seal, Yale University, “‘The Tense Stalking of a Thing Called General Culture’: Sinclair Lewis and a Broader Middlebrow, 1920-1947”

Franklin Park B

  1. “Secularity and Religiosity in the Long 1960s”

Chair/Commentator: David Chappell, University of Oklahoma

Ronnie Grinberg, University of Oklahoma, “‘Storming the Bastille’: the New York Intellectuals and the New Left”

Michael J. Kramer, Northwestern University, “‘A Tiny Banner Against the Inhumanities of the Technocracy’: Unfurling Theodore Roszak’s Countercultural Social Criticism”

Stacie Taranto, Ramapo College of New Jersey, “Foregrounding the ‘Silent Majority’: Vatican II and the Roots of Lay Catholic Political Party Realignment in the Sixties”

Farragut Square

  1. “Rethinking the Confederacy’s Intellectual History”

Chair/Commentator: Ian Binnington, Allegheny College

Sarah E. Gardner, Mercer University, “‘We Need Something To Read Dreadfully’: Reading on the Confederate Lines”

Jonathan Daniel Wells, University of Michigan, “Race and Southern Newspapers under Union Occupation”

Katherine Brackett Fialka, University of Georgia, “Textual Healing: Confederate Women, Occupation, and Reading”


  1. “Science, Technology, and the State in the Context of the Cold War: Intersections of the History of Technology and the History of Ideas”

Chair/Commentator: Audra Wolfe, Independent Scholar

Joy Rohde, University of Michigan, “Command, Control, and Compute: Joining Social Science and Information Technology in an Age of Global Conflict”

Kate E. Sohasky, Johns Hopkins University, “I.Q. as Human Capital: Social Scientists and Intelligence Testing during the Cold War”

Jasper Verschoor, Ohio University, “The 1964 ‘Futuribles’ Conference at Yale University: ‘New Intellectual Techniques;’ and 1960s Futurism”

10:45am-12:30pm: Session V

Hamilton Ballroom

  1. Roundtable: “Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical: Conservatism After the Age of Buckley”

Chair: Daniel McCarthy, The American Conservative?Presenter

John D. Wilsey, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Seth J. Bartee, Ph.D., Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and King University

Randy Boyagoda, Ryerson University

Chad Pecknold, The Catholic University of America

Lafayette Park

  1. Roundtable “African American Intellectual History: The State of the Field” (Sponsored by the African American Intellectual History Society)

Chair: Christopher Cameron, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Brandon Byrd, Mississippi State University

Greg Childs, Brandeis University

Ashley Farmer, Duke University

McPherson Square

  1. “Contingencies of Construction: Biographical Development in the Ideas of Sarah Grimké, William James, and Jane Addams”

Chair/Commentator: Charles Capper, Boston University

Louise W. Knight, Northwestern University, “Gendered or Not: The Intellectual Development of an Early Advocate of Women’s Human Rights”

Paul Croce, Stetson University, “Developmental Biography and the Pluralistic Empiricism of William James”

Marilyn Fischer, University of Dayton, “Bringing the Primitive Inside: The Arc of Addams’s Evolutionary Theorizing”

Franklin Park A

  1. Roundtable (hybrid): “Democracy Out of Bounds: Five American Case Studies and a Conversation”

Trygve Throntveit, Minneapolis, “Order without Bounds: William James and Democracy as Radical Empiricism”

Amy Kittelstrom, Sonoma State University, “A Religion of Democracy: Liberty and Equality as Practical Ideals”

Alex Jacobs, Vanderbilt University, “Carl Becker and the Crisis of Liberalism”

Nat Johnson, Stanford University, “Democratic Occupations: The Development of Democratic Theory in an Age of War”

Brian Mueller, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, “Let the People Decide: Participatory Democracy in Liberal America”

Franklin Park B

  1. “Protestants and International Politics”

Chair: Jane Dailey, University of Chicago

Terence Renaud, Yale University, “Human Rights in a Heavenly Key: The Anthropology of the Protestant Ecumenical Conference at Oxford, 1937”

Justin Reynolds, Columbia University, “The Ecumenical Pivot to the Third World”

Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth College, “Protestant Anti-Racism and its Imperial Origins”

Commentator: Kip Kosek, George Washington University

Farragut Square

  1. Monthly Review and the Political Economy of the Twentieth Century”

Chair/Commentator: Angus Burgin, Johns Hopkins University

Cody Stephens, University of California-Santa Barbara, “Publishing Dependency: Monthly Review, Dependency Theory and the New Left”

Samir Sonti, University of California-Santa Barbara, “Monthly Review and the Antimonopoly Tradition in the ‘Golden Age’”

Benjamin Feldman, Georgetown University, “Monopoly Capital and the Rebirth of Marxian Political Economy in the 1960s”


  1. “Internationalism, Universities, and the Dream of East-West Integration, 1935–1960

Chair/Commentator: Joy Rohde, University of Michigan

Bryan McAllister-Grande, Harvard University, “Interdisciplinarity and Cultural Unity at the 1936 Harvard Tercentenary Celebration”

Matthew Linton, Brandeis University, “Areas for the World: The Dream of Social Science Diplomacy in East Asia, 1945- 1955”

Ethan Schrum, Azusa Pacific University, “Instruments of National Purpose: Gaylord P. Harnwell and the International Turn of Postwar American University Presidents”

12:30pm-1:45pm: Lunch

2:00pm-3:30pm: S-USIH Book Prize Roundtable

Hamilton Ballroom

Winner: Ruben Flores, University of Kansas, Backroads Pragmatism: Mexico’s Melting Pot and Civil Rights in the United States

Moderator: Jonathan Wilson, Syracuse University


Howard Brick, University of Michigan

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Robert Westbrook, University of Rochester

3:45pm-5:30pm: Session VI

Hamilton Ballroom

  1. Roundtable: “The Arts and Intellectual History in the United States” (Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Press) (a/v)

Chair: Casey N. Blake, Columbia University

Richard Candida Smith, University of California at Berkeley

Robert Genter, Nassau Community College

Valerie Hellstein, Willem de Kooning Foundation

Peter Laurence, Clemson University School of Architecture

Lafayette Park

  1. “Declensions of Narrative”

Chair/Commentator: James Livingston, Rutgers University

Benjamin L. Alpers, University of Oklahoma, “‘Revolution, American Style’: The Bicentennial and the Politics of Memory in the Wake of the Sixties”

L.D. Burnett, University of Texas at Dallas, “The Melting Plot of the 1990s: Turning Multiculturalism-as-Dissolution into a Solid Bestseller”

Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College, “The Return of the Narrative”

McPherson Square

  1. “Environmentalist Thought and the Politics of Dissent”

Chair/Commentator: Thomas Robertson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Joseph Kip Kosek, George Washington University, “Agrarian Ideas of Property and Labor in the 1930s”

Keith Mako Woodhouse, Northwestern University, “Let Our Practice Form Our Doctrine: Ideas into Action in Radical Environmentalism”

Alex Boynton, Kansas University, “Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Ideological Dissent from the Environmental Mainstream in the 1970s”

Franklin Park A

  1. Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism: Political Thought and the Use of History”

Chair: Peter Wirzbicki, University of Chicago

Peter Kuryla, Belmont University, “Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism: Implicitness, Wholeness and the Content of the Form”

Richard H. King, Nottingham University, “Political Thought, Historical Models, and Collective Guilt”

John Burt, Brandeis University, “Implicitness, Equality, and Responsibility in Lincoln”

Franklin Park B

  1. “American Imperialism, American Narcissism”

Chair/Commentator: Randal Maurice Jelks, University of Kansas

Tracy A. Butler, University of Houston, “Good Neighbors? The Rise of American Tourism in Mexico and Culture as Imperialism”

Donald Earl Collins, University of Maryland University College, “‘We’re #1:’ How US Imperialism Drives America’s Obsession With Itself, and the World’s Obsession With America”

Natalie M. Schuster, Frostburg State University, “Natural Power: Truman, the Cold War, and the Manipulation of Disaster Relief Policy”

Farragut Square

  1. “European Genealogical Origins of Intellectual Traditions in the United States”

Chair/Commentator: Russell Jacoby, University of California-Los Angeles

Marine Dasse, University of Paris West Nanterre, “From Right to Denial: Public Spaces for What Public? The Privatization of Public Spaces in the US”

Josh Shepperd, Catholic University, “Adorno’s Constellation of Quantitative Research, Lazarsfeld’s Survey of Critique”

Victor Pickard, University of Pennsylvania, “Against Corporate Libertarianism: The Radical Origins of American Political Economy of Media”

Gregory Jones-Katz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “An Organ of Deconstruction: The Theory and History of Literature Series, 1978-1986”


  1. Roundtable: “The Library and its Public: Enlightened, Class-Conflicted, Massified, Fractured”

Chair/Commentator: Edward Remus, Northeastern Illinois University Library

Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Princeton University Library, “The Enlightenment Foundation of American Public Libraries”

Joyce Latham, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “The Laboring of Libraries in the Cultural Front”

John Buschman, Seton Hall University Library, “Libraries and the Transformation of ‘Publics’ Through the Neoliberal Era”

5:30pm-7:00pm: Reception


Hamilton Ballroom

  1. Plenary: “National Treasure: Museums, Archives, and the Idea of the National” (a/v)

Moderator: Claire Rydell Arcenas, Stanford University

Taína Caragol, Curator for Latino Art and History, National Portrait Gallery

David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Arthur Molella, Director Emeritus, Lemelson Center, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday October 18

8:00am-9:45am: Session VII

Hamilton Ballroom

  1. “The Intellectual Foundations of the Carceral State”

Chair/Commentator: Ajay K. Mehrotra, American Bar Foundation

Melanie Newport, Temple University, “Pragmatic Criminology at the University of Chicago”

Stuart Schrader, Harvard University, “The RAND Corporation, Counterinsurgency, and the Intellectual Origins of Broken Windows Policing”

Max Felker-Kantor, Marian University, “‘You can’t put them all in jail’: Criminalizing Behavior by Waging the War on Drugs as a War on Gangs in Crack Era Los Angeles”

Alex Elkins, Temple University, “Stopping Power: The Law of Arrest and the Creation of a Police-Centered Urban Social Policy in the 1960s”

Lafayette Park

  1. Roundtable: “Is There Still a Place for Ideas in Early American History?” (Sponsored by The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History)

Chair: Roy Rogers, CUNY Graduate Center

Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University

John Dixon, College of Staten Island

Michael D. Hattem, Yale University

Eran Zelnik, University of California-Davis

McPherson Square

  1. Roundtable: “Can Political History be Intellectual History?

Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College

Thomas Balcerski, Eastern Connecticut State University

Sarah Mergel, Dalton State College

Michael Landis, Tarleton State University

Franklin Park A

49. “Popularizing Conservative Economics in the Postwar United States” (a/v)

Chair/Commentator: Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago

Andrina Tran, Yale University, “The Moral Imagination: Russell Kirk, Clinton Wallace, and Conservative Hobohemia”

Lawrence Glickman, Cornell University, “Faith in Free Enterprise”

Angus Burgin, Johns Hopkins University, “Knowledge Work”

Franklin Park B

  1. “Reconstruction and Liberalism’s Others”

Chair/Commentator: Leslie Butler, Dartmouth College

Mitchell Snay, Denison University, “Transatlantic Liberalism: Radical Reconstruction and the Second Reform Act of 1867”

Evan C. Rothera, Penn State University, “‘Our South American Cousin’: Domingo F. Sarmiento, and Education in Argentina and the United States”

David Prior, University of New Mexico, “What’s in a Name? Reconstruction’s Transatlantic Past”

Farragut Square

  1. “In the Name of Conscience: Shifting Sources of Moral Authority in American Public Life, 1945-1985”

Chair/Commentator: Andrew Jewett, Harvard University

Casey Bohlen, Harvard University, “To ‘Arouse the Dozing Conscience of the Nation’: Postwar Religious Thought and the Origins of Mass Civil Disobedience”

Peter Cajka, Boston College, “Conscience: The Rise of a Moral and Political Category, 1961-1971”

Clair Dahm, Brandeis University, “The Decline of Public Conscience: Federal Grants and Local Politics in St. Louis”


  1. “‘To Extirpate These Savages’: Race, Indian Policy, and Early American Expansion”

Chair/Commentator: Stephen Feeley, McDaniel College

Lisa Mercer, Ball State University, “‘As Pleasant Meat As Rice’: Indian Corn, American Identity, and Colonial Expansion”

Nathan Wuertenberg, George Washington University, “‘We May Become One People’: The Revolutionary War, US Indian Policies, and the Formation of American Identity”

James Feenstra, George Washington University, “‘There Are Agents from Some Foreign Power, Instigating Them to Mischief’: The War of 1812 and Anglo-Indian Conspiracism in Creek Country”

10:00am-11:45am: Session VIII

Hamilton Ballroom

  1. “Imagining a (Neo)liberal World: ‘Free Flows of Information’ in Post-WWII Thought”

Chair: Jeremy Kessler, Columbia Law School

Hadji Bakara, University of Chicago, “Hot Media, Human Right; or Is Empathy Really an Emotion?”

Sam Lebovic, George Mason University, “Debating a Global Public Sphere: The US, the UN, and Worldwide Freedom of Information, 1944-1984”

Quinn Slobodian, Wellesley College, “A World Economy of Information: Machlup Thinks Stocks and Flows of Human Thought in the 1970s”

Commentator: Amy Offner, University of Pennsylvania

Lafayette Park

  1. “Mass Democracy and Politics: Debating Max Weber in the ‘Age of Dictatorship’”

Chair/Commentator: Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth College

Stefan Eich, Yale University/Adam Tooze, Columbia University, “The Allure of Dark Times: Max Weber, Politics and the Crisis of Historicism”

Paul Petzschmann, Carleton College, “Dictatorship and Mass Democracy through the Lens of Weber’s Political Thought: Émigré Positions and Debates in the United States 1930-1950”

Daniel Bessner, University of Washington, “Max Weber and Hans Speier from Weimar to Washington”

Peter Breiner, SUNY Albany, “Weber’s Scientific Clarification of Politics—Restraining Professorial Authority”

McPherson Square

  1. “Aesthetics, Politics, and Publics: Kenneth Burke, Walter Lippmann, and John Dewey”

Chair: Martin Johnson, The Catholic University of America

Tom Arnold-Forster, Jesus College, Cambridge University, “Walter Lippmann and the Aesthetics of Democracy”

Mike Wakeford, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, “John Dewey and the Politics of Aesthetic Vision”

Evelyn Burg, LaGuardia Community and Queens Colleges, CUNY, “The Politics of an Aesthetics: Re-reading Kenneth Burke’s Attitudes toward History

Commentator: Patrick Redding, Manhattanville College

Franklin Park A

  1. “God and the Nuclear State: Accommodating Theology to the Demands of the Cold War”

Chair/Commentator: Healan K. Gaston, Harvard Divinity School

Joshua Mather, St. Louis University, “Cold War Quakers: The Americans Friends Service Committee and U.S. Containment Policy, 1949-53’

Isaac May, University of Virginia, “Theologian of the Quaker Republicans: The Cold War and the Repudiation of Pacifism”

Ian Carr McPherson, Union Theological Seminary, “Window of Vulnerability, Window of Opportunity: The Debate over Nuclear Deterrence and the Soul of the Christian Right in the Reagan Era”

Franklin Park B

  1. “Radical Print, Radical Public: ‘Little’ Print Culture and the Making of Radical Movements”

Chair/Commentator: Rachel Rosenfelt, The New Inquiry

Sarah Nelson, Vanderbilt University, “A Partisan Community: Partisan Review and the Making of Print Culture(s), 1934-1942”

Trevor Joy Sangrey, Washington University, St. Louis, “Printing Change: The CPUSA, Black Power, and Decades of Building Black Political Struggle”

Brad Wright, Vanderbilt University, “Everyday Radicalism, Peripheral Publics: El Alipuz and Popular Politics in 1970s Urban Mexico”

Farragut Square

  1. “The 1970s and the End of Consensus Modernity”

Chair/Commentator: Ben Alpers, Oklahoma University

Sarah Bridger, California Polytechnic State University, “Disgruntled New England Women Scientists of the 1970s: Feminism and STEM Activism in an Age of Transition”

Joseph Hogan, Grand Valley State University, “Culture War by Other Means: Literature Departments, Postmodernism, and the Two Don DeLillos”

Drew Maciag, Independent Scholar, “Malaise Was Our Co-Pilot: The Subjectivity Dilemma in 1970s Discourse”


  1. “Nature, Culture, and Publics: Environmental Thought in the US”

Chair/Commentator: Paul Croce, Stetson University

Adam Q. Stauffer, University of Rochester, “‘A Good-Humored Affair’: Bret Harte, the Hayward Earthquake, and the Battle over Public Information in Early San Francisco Print Culture”

Daniel W. Rinn, University of Rochester, “Liberty Hyde Bailey: Radical Democracy and the Environment”

Lyle Jeremy Rubin, University of Rochester, “Toward an Ecological Public: Mining a Third Way American Politics in the Work of Aaron Sachs”