U.S. Intellectual History Podcasts

Meet the Hosts

Patrick Allitt

Patrick Allitt is Cahoon Family Professor of American History. He was an undergraduate at Oxford in England (1974-1977), a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley (Ph.D., 1986), and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University. At Emory since 1988, he teaches courses on American intellectual, environmental, and religious history, on Victorian Britain, and on the Great Books. Author of seven books (most recently A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism, 2014), he is also presenter of eight lecture series with The Great Courses, including “The Art of Teaching” and, most recently, “The Industrial Revolution.”

Brian Ingrassia

Brian Ingrassia earned a B.A. in history from Eureka College in 2001 and received his M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2008) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Ingrassia specializes in modern American history with a focus on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (circa 1870-1920). He has taught a variety of American history surveys as well as upper-level courses in sport history, historical methods, and 19th-century U.S. He is the author of The Rise of Gridiron University: Higher Education’s Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football (University Press of Kansas 2012), which won the annual monograph award from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH). Dr. Ingrassia is an amateur guitarist, avid record collector, and lifelong baseball fan. He enjoys traveling and exploring new places. He currently resides in Amarillo, which may or may not be the flattest place he has ever lived.

Ray Haberski

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.

Drew Maciag

Drew Maciag is a historian who specializes in American intellectual and political history. Born and raised in Connecticut, Maciag received his B.A. from Providence College and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. Prior to changing careers in the early 1990s, he spent many years in the corporate environment in Hartford (CT), first in systems analysis and ultimately in real estate investment management. Maciag went on to earn an M.A. in Social Studies from Wesleyan University, and earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester. Upon completing his doctorate in 2005, he taught history for six years at Nazareth College and SUNY-Geneseo.

Michael J. Kramer

Michael J. Kramer (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, 2006) is a historian, writer, critic, teacher, dramaturg, and editor. His book, The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. His new book-in-progress, This Machine Kills Fascists: Technology and Culture in the US Folk Music Revival, revises understandings of the folk revival as an anti-modernist movement, arguing instead that it offers a hidden history of people grappling with how to live more humanely in an increasingly technological society. He has served as a dramaturg for The Seldoms, a contemporary dance theater ensemble, and been an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the website of the New York Times. He is the co-founder of the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory and writes about digital topics at Issues in Digital History. He has written about history, art, culture, and politics for numerous publications and blogs at Culture Rover. He teaches courses in history, American studies, digital humanities, and civic engagement at Northwestern University.

Molly Worthen

Molly Worthen’s research focuses on North American religious and intellectual history, particularly the ideas and culture of conservative Christianity. Her most recent book examines American evangelical intellectual life since 1945. Worthen teaches courses in global Christianity, North American religious and intellectual culture, and the history of politics and ideology. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and has also written about religion and politics for Slate, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, and other publications.

Ajay Mehrotra

Ajay Mehrotra is professor of law and Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. From 2012-2015, he also served as the school’s associate dean for research. He is also an adjunct Professor of History at Indiana University and an Affiliated Faculty member of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis. From 2007-2011, he was Co-director (with Michael Grossberg) of the Indiana University Center for Law, Society & Culture. Before arriving at Indiana University, he was a Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL. After law school and prior to his graduate training in history, Mehrotra was an associate in the Structured Finance Department in the New York offices of J.P. Morgan.

At Indiana, Professor Mehrotra regularly teaches Introduction to Federal Income Tax, Strategic Tax Planning, American Legal History, and Tax Policy. He has received the law school’s Leon E. Wallace Teaching Award, and Indiana University’s Trustees Teaching Award. He also supervises independent student research and reading in tax law and policy, structured finance, and the history of American law and political economy.

Matthew Avery Sutton

Matthew Avery Sutton received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005, and teaches courses at Washington State University in 20th century United States history, cultural history, and religious history. Sutton is currently writing a book tentatively entitled (Un)Holy Spies: Religion and American Espionage in World War II, which will be published by Basic Books in 2019. This book tells the story of the rise of the United States’ first intelligence agency and its relationship to God. During World War II American leaders for the first time had to learn to navigate the complex ways in which the religious identities of peoples and nations shaped global conflict. They also had to determine how to use what they learned to their advantage. Leading the crusade into the mysterious netherworld of global religious faiths was a small army of missionaries, missionary executives, and adult missionary children, working for William “Wild Bill” Donovan’s Office of Strategic Services. Without necessarily anticipating the long-term consequences of their actions, they crafted new and important relationships for the United States with Mecca, the Vatican, and Zion. These relationships profoundly shaped the trajectory of American involvement with the rest of the world from the CIA’s Cold-War battle against “godless” communism to the “war on terror.”

Lisa Tetrault

Professor Lisa Tetrault specializes in the history of U.S. women and gender. Her research and teaching interests focus on the nineteenth-century, the history of political economy, the history of social movements (particularly feminism), women’s health, narrativity, and the politics of memory. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of History.

Professor Tetrault has received long-term fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, the Newberry Library, and the Smithsonian Institution. The American Historical Association and the Library of Congress awarded her the 2007 J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship, then given for the most promising book by a young historian. She has also received funding from the Huntington Library, the Schlesinger Library, the Sophia Smith Collection, and many others.

Kimberly A. Hamlin

Kimberly A. Hamlin grew up outside of Syracuse, New York, not far from the historical homes of many of the women she writes about today. After completing her degree in American Studies at Georgetown University, she worked for U.S. Senator Susan Collins (Maine) for four years, first on her successful campaign for Senate and then in her D.C. office. In 2000, Hamlin left Washington to pursue a PhD in American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. Hamlin’s PhD dissertation was a finalist for two national awards: the Organization of American Historians Lerner-Scott Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. Women’s History and the American Studies Association’s Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the Best Dissertation.

In 2007, Hamlin joined the faculty in American Studies and History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she now directs the Program in American Studies and co-chairs the University’s Gender, Science, and Technology Working Group.  At Miami, she teaches classes on “Sex and Gender in American Culture,” “Science and Technology in American Culture,” as well as other introductory and upper-level courses in American Studies. Hamlin lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati, Ohio and is currently working on a biography of Helen Hamilton Gardener, the freethinking feminist who donated her brain to science to prove that women’s brains were not inferior to men’s.

Tim Lacy

Tim Lacy is a graduate adviser in Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. His specialties are intellectual history, cultural history, and the history of education. He co-founded both the U.S. Intellectual History blog and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. Articles by Lacy have appeared in the Journal of the History of Ideas, American Catholic Studies, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, U.S. Catholic Historian, and various encyclopedias. He recently finished a book titled The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Donna Drucker

Dr. Donna J. Drucker is a guest professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Spatial and Infrastructure Planning Division at TU-Darmstadt. She received a PhD in history from Indiana University (USA) in 2008, and is the author of two books: The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge (2014) and The Machines of Sex Research: Technology and the Politics of Identity (2014). Her research interests are in spatial theory, classification theory, and the intersection of gender and sexuality with science and technology. She also works part-time at the SchriebCenter and has three years of experience teaching academic writing.