Andrew Jewett

Andrew Jewett

Associate Professor of History and Social Studies
Andrew Jewett

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. His book Science, Democracy, and the American University: From the Civil War to the Cold War explores the cultural and political hopes that many American scholars invested in science from the 1860s to the 1950s. His current project, Containing Science: The Challenge of Scientific Authority in Postwar America, traces fears about science's cultural impact among intellectual and political leaders and ordinary citizens since the 1920s. At Harvard, he has given courses on American and European thought, culture, and politics; taught the Social Studies 10 core; and supervised graduate research and exam preparation for students in History, American Studies, History of Science, the Study of Religion, and the Graduate School of Education. Jewett has also taught at Yale, Vanderbilt, and NYU and won fellowships from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Education, Cornell’s Society for the Humanities, Tulane’s Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Humanities Center.

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Selected Publications

“Science and Religion in Postwar America,” in The Worlds of American Intellectual History, eds. James T. Kloppenberg, Michael O’Brien, Joel Isaac, and Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Naturalizing Liberalism in the 1950s,” in Professors and Their Politics, eds. Neil Gross and Solon J. Simmons (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014): 191-216

“The Social Sciences, Philosophy, and the Cultural Turn in the 1930s USDA,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 49, no. 4 (Autumn 2013): 396-427

“Political Thought,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, eds. Joan Shelley Rubin and Scott E. Casper (Oxford University Press, 2013)

“The Politics of Knowledge in 1960s America,” Social Science History 36, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 551-581

Science, Democracy, and the American University: From the Civil War to the Cold War (Cambridge University Press, 2012; paperback 2014)

“Canonizing Dewey: Columbia Naturalism, Logical Empiricism, and the Idea of American Philosophy,Modern Intellectual History 8, no. 1 (April 2011): 91-125


Ph.D. in Education

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Room 210
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-0882

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