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Anne Kornhauser

Assistant Professor


Division of Humanities and the Arts




NAC 5/127C

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  • Profile


    Professor Kornhauser studies the intellectual, legal, and political history of the United States with a focus on the twentieth century. Professor Kornhauser was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law and received a Josephine de Karman Fellowship to complete her dissertation. She held a Richard Hofstadter graduate fellowship at Columbia University. Involved in several disciplines, she has presented work and offered commentary in many venues, including the annual meetings of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Law and Society Association, the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities and the Policy History Conference, as well as at Princeton University’s Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin. She recently participated in an international seminar in the history of political thought, organized by the Remarque Institute, New York University.

    Professor Kornhauser is writing a book on the ideological divides within American liberalism from the New Deal to the 1960s, tentatively entitled Saving Liberalism: Political Imagination in the American Century.

  • Education

    M.A., Ph.D. Columbia University B.A. Barnard College


  • Courses Taught

    The Age of Human Rights American Legal History American Liberalism

  • Research Interests

    American intellectual history, particularly the history of political thought. The role of ideas in political life and public institutions. The rise of the modern American state.

    American legal history, paritcularly legal thought and the workings of legal processes and institutions in everyday life.

    The development of the language, concepts, and institutions of human rights, domestically and internationally. Ideas about world government and world citizenship in the twentieth century. The United States' attempts at state building abroad.

  • Publications

    Selected Publications:

    Debating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930-1970 (University of Pennsylvania Press, February 2015)

    “Ruth Rosner Kornhauser: A Personal and Intellectual History” in Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Kornhauser. Advances in Criminological Theory, Volume 19, ed. Cullen, Francis T., et al. (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, January 2015).

    “Liberalism” in Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History. Oxford University Press (2013).

    Shai Lavi, The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States: A Review. In Political and Legal Anthropology Review, November 2007, vol. 30, no. 2: pp. 341-345.

    “Liberalism” in Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy (ABC-CLIO, 2004): pp. 439-445.

    “Louis Hartz,” in Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, vol. 2. (1998), pp. 387-388.  

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