Andrew Jewett’s teaching and research lie at the intersection of intellectual and political history, with an emphasis on the relationship between knowledge and politics and the engagement between science and religion in the United States since the Civil War. He is especially interested in scholarly and public understandings of the impact of science on society and the processes through which ideas, arguments, and concepts relating to the natural and social sciences have circulated between the public sphere and the increasingly specialized academic disciplines. His first book, Science, Democracy, and the American University: From the Civil War to the Cold War (Cambridge University Press, 2012), explores the hopes that many American scholars invested in science between the 1860s and the 1950s. His current project, Against the Technostructure: Fearing Science in Modern America, focuses on the fears associated with science since the mid-twentieth century among a wide variety of cultural and political leaders, as well as ordinary citizens. He has taught a range of courses at Harvard on American and European thought, culture, and politics, as well as Social Studies 10a-10b, “Introduction to Social Studies.” Prior to joining the faculty in 2007, he taught at Yale, Vanderbilt, and NYU and held fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the Cornell Society for the Humanities. During 2013-2014, he is a fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

Selected Publications

Jewett Science Democracy American University


Andrew Jewett

Position: Associate Professor of History and of Social Studies

Field: United States

Specialty: United States since 1865, American intellectual history, American politics, science and religion, modern social thought, history of the social sciences, history of philosophy, history of education

2013-2014: On Leave

Contact Info

Robinson Hall

Room 210

35 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138