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L.D. Burnett, Editor

L.D. Burnett received her PhD in Humanities (History of Ideas) from the University of Texas at Dallas (2015), where she is currently employed as the 2017-2018 Teaching Fellow in History. Her book, Canon Wars: The 1980s Western Civ Debates at Stanford and the Triumph of Neoliberalism in Higher Education, is under contract with University of North Carolina Press.

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Sara Georgini, Assistant Editor

Sara Georgini earned her Ph.D. in History from Boston University in 2016. She is Series Editor for The Papers of John Adams, part of The Adams Papers 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. She is the author of Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family (Oxford University Press, 2019). She is a co-founder and contributor to The Junto. She writes about American history, thought, and culture for Smithsonian and CNN. Sara is the #USIH2020 conference chair.

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Andrew Seal, Assistant Editor

Andrew Seal is a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in American Studies in 2017 and is currently at work on his first monograph, The Common Man: The Political Economy of Knowledge Work in the United States, 1880-1970. He is also active in the Midwestern History Association, and is a co-editor of the forthcoming Mapping Midwestern Minds: Essays on the Intellectual History of the Midwest. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Dissentn+1, the Journal of American Studies, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education Review, the Middle West Review, and the Journal of Politics, Religion, and Ideology.

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Benjamin Alpers

Benjamin Alpers is Reach for Excellence Associate Professor in the University of Oklahoma’s Honors College, whose faculty he joined 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 Media Studies Program.  He is the author of Dictators, Democracy, and American Public Culture: Envisioning the Totalitarian Enemy, 1920s-1950s (UNC Press, 2002). 

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Robin Marie Averbeck

Robin Marie Averbeck has a PhD in American history from UC Davis and studies post-war liberalism. Her dissertation – “‘Want in the Midst of Plenty’: Social Science, Poverty, and the Limits of Liberalism” — and future book focuses on the contribution of liberals and some leftists to what is known as “the culture of poverty.” She argues that the post-war liberal discourse about poverty helped set the stage for the political culture of the New Right by shaping and contributing to many of its key assumptions and tendencies. Robin also contributes to a variety of blogs and public history projects.

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Rebecca Brenner

Rebecca Brenner is a PhD candidate in history at American University in Washington, DC. She earned her BA in history (honors) and philosophy from Mount Holyoke College and her MA with a concentration in public history from American University. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “When Mail Arrived on Sundays,” asks what Sunday mail delivery meant for moral authority and the political economy from 1810 through 1912, focusing on religious minorities and disenfranchised persons. In addition to USIH, her sites of publication include Black Perspectives and The Washington Post.

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Anthony Chaney

Anthony Chaney teaches history and writing at the University of North Texas at Dallas. He is the author of Runaway: Gregory Bateson, the Double Bind, and the Rise of Ecological Consciousness (The University of North Carolina Press, 2017). His research interests include US Intellectual and Cultural History especially as it intersects with environmentalism, environmental justice, and ecological thought. He is exceedingly fond of his turntable and may write about that from time to time.

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Holly Genovese

Holly Genovese is a Ph.D student in American Studies at UT Austin. Her interests are in carceral narratives, black power, and African American history. She has written for The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, The LA Review of Books, Electric Lit, and many other publications.

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Robert Green II

Robert Green II is a graduate student in the doctoral program at the University of South Carolina. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Cladflin University. 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.

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Andrew Hartman

Andrew Hartman is Professor of History at Illinois State University.  He is the author of two books: Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and A War for the Soul Of America:  A History of the Culture Wars (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Hartman is currently at work on a third monograph, Karl Marx in America, which will also be published with the University of Chicago Press. Hartman was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark for the 2013-14 academic year, and was the founding president of S-USIH.

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Raymond Haberski, Jr.

Raymond Haberski, Jr. Professor of History and Director of American Studies at IUPUI, Haberski is the author of five books, including God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945 (Rutgers, 2012) and the forthcoming Evangelization to the Heart.  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 presently working on a book that considers Catholic thought on war and peace in American history.

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Peter Kuryla

Peter Kuryla is associate professor of history at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He teaches a variety of courses there having to do with the intellectual and cultural history of the United States. He’s interested in the intersections between literature, historical thinking, philosophy and political thought. His published articles reflect these interests, as does his book manuscript currently in the works, “The Imagined Civil Rights Movement and the Art of Memory.”

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Tim Lacy

Tim Lacy co-founded both the U.S. Intellectual History Blog and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. He is an independent historian who earned his doctorate in U.S. history from Loyola University Chicago, with specialties in cultural and intellectual history, as well as the history of education. That work resulted in a book, The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Articles by him have appeared in the Journal of the History of Ideas, American Catholic StudiesPublic Seminar, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, U.S. Catholic Historian, and various encyclopedias. Lacy is wrapping up a manuscript on ‘great books cosmopolitanism’ and starting another book project on anti-intellectualism and ignorance in post-WWII America.

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Kurt Newman

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.

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Eran Zelnik

Eran Zelnik received his PhD from the University of California, Davis, in 2016. A cultural historian of the early United States, his current research looks at humor and carnivalesque practices such as playing Indian and black face minstrelsy to trace the rise of dominance of common white men over the Revolution, Early Republic, and Antebellum periods. The tentative title of his first book project is Republic of Mirth: Humor, Settler Colonialism, and the Making of a White Man’s Democracy, 1750-1850. His article “Yankees, Doodles, Fops and Cuckolds: Compromised Manhood and Provincialism in the Revolutionary America” has been published by the journal, Early American Studies. Eran teaches history at California State University, Chico.

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