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David Armitage

David Armitage

Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History

David Armitage specializes in the genesis and transformation of international political thought in the early modern and modern era, with an emphasis on the ideological origins of British imperialism, declarations of independence, and ideas of civil war. Read more about David Armitage

Ann Blair

Ann Blair

Harvard College Professor, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History

Ann Blair specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe (16th-17th centuries), chiefly in France.  She focuses on the history of the book and of education, the history of the disciplines and of scholarship, early modern natural philosophy and its interactions with religion.  Read more about Ann Blair

Peter K. Bol

Peter K. Bol

Harvard College Professor and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Peter K. Bol is the Charles H. Carswell Professor East Asian Languages and Civilizations. His research is centered on the history of China's cultural elites from the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties. He is the author of "This Culture of Ours:" Intellectual Transitions in T'ang and Song China and Neo-Confucianism in History. Read more about Peter K. Bol

Robert Darnton

Robert Darnton

Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library

Robert Darnton has written and edited two dozen books, including The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie(1979, an early attempt to develop the history of books as a field of study), and The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (1984, probably his most popular work). Read more about Robert Darnton

Peter E. Gordon

Peter E. Gordon

Amabel B. James Professor of History and Harvard College Professor

Peter E. Gordon is a specialist in modern European intellectual history, focusing primarily on German and French thought from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth century.  Read more about Peter E. Gordon

James Hankins

James Hankins

Professor of History

James Hankins specializes in Renaissance intellectual history, chiefly the history of Renaissance political thought, history of philosophy, and history of the classical tradition.  Read more about James Hankins

Andrew Jewett

Andrew Jewett

Associate Professor of History and Social Studies

Andrew Jewett works at the intersection of intellectual and political history, with particular interests in the politics of knowledge and engagements between religion and science (including the social sciences). His writings examine how political ideologies have intersected with knowledge claims and ethical commitments across the West, especially in the modern United States.  Read more about Andrew Jewett

James T. Kloppenberg

James T. Kloppenberg

Charles Warren Professor of American History

James T. Kloppenberg specializes in American intellectual history, and he has written about politics and ideas from the 17th century to the present; social democracy, pragmatism, and the relation between contemporary critical theory and historical writing. Read more about James T. Kloppenberg

Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is James Bryce Professor of European Legal History at Columbia University, where he has taught since 2001. In summer 2014, he will move to Harvard University as professor of law. He is the author of four books, including Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas between Revelation and Ethics (2005) and The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010). Read more about Samuel Moyn

Emma Rothschild

Emma Rothschild

Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History, and Director, Center for History and Economics

Emma Rothschild specializes in 18th century history, chiefly the history of economic thought and economic history.   

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