Andrew Jewett

I work at the intersection of political and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the political roles that academic scholars have played in the United States since the Civil War. My research traces how ideas, concepts, and interpretive frames generated in the universities have functioned as resources or obstacles for those seeking to make political change and, conversely, how beliefs about the political import of various forms of knowledge have shaped the trajectory of academic...

Evelyn Higginbotham

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.  She is currently the chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and has held this position since 2006.  She also served as Acting-Director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute in the Spring 2008.

Annette Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed is a Professor of Law, Professor of History, and is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. A renowned law professor and scholar of American history, Gordon-Reed has taught at the New York Law School and at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has published six books, among them The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008), which won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for...

Joyce Chaplin

Joyce Chaplin is James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History. She has taught at five different universities on two continents and an island, and in a maritime studies program on the Atlantic Ocean. Her research interests include early American history, intellectual history, and environmental history. She is currently writing a 500-year history of around-the-world travel.

Vincent Brown

Vincent Brown, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, is a multi-media historian with a keen interest in the political implications of cultural practice.  He teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery. Brown is the author of The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2008) and producer of an audiovisual documentary about the anthropologist Melville J....

Davíd Carrasco

Davíd Carrasco is a Mexican American historian of religions with a particular interest in religious dimensions in human experience, Mesoamerican cities as symbols, immigration, and the Mexican-American borderlands. His studies with Mircea Eliade, Charles H. Long, and Paul Wheatley at the University of Chicago inspired him to work on the question, "where is your sacred place," on the challenges of postcolonial ethnography and theory, and on the practices and symbolic nature of ritual...

Diana Eck

Diana Eck's academic work has a dual focus—India and America—and in both cases she is interested in the challenges of religious pluralism in a multireligious society. Her work on India includes the books Banaras: City of Light and Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India. Since 1991, she has headed the Pluralism Project, which explores and interprets the religious dimensions of America's new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian communities...

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