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Julie Reuben

Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education


Julie A. Reuben, Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education, is interested in the role of education in American society and culture. Her teaching and research address broad questions about the purposes of education, the relation between educational institutions and political and social concerns, and the forces that shape educational change. Her book, Making of the Modern University (1996), examines the relation between changing conceptions of knowledge, standards of scholarship, and the position of religion and morality in the American university during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is the author of numerous articles that explore the impact of political activism of the 1960s on the American university including “Consorting with the Barbarians at the Gate: McGeorge Bundy, the Ford Foundation, and Student Activism in the late 1960s,” in Making of the American Century: Essays on Twentieth Century American Politics and Culture, ed. Bruce Schulman, (2013) and “Challenging Neutrality: Sixties Activism and Debates over Political Advocacy in the American University,” in Professors and their Politics, eds. Neil Gross and Salon Simmons, (2013). She is currently researching forms of political education in mid-twentieth century American higher education. This is part of a larger research project on the changing political roles of universities from 1945-1980. Professor Reuben received her Ph.D. in History from Stanford University.

Dissertation Committees

“Academic Populism: The People’s Revolt and Public Higher Education, 1880-1905” (Scott Gelber)

“History, Memory, and Myth: Children’s Literature and Classroom Conceptions of the Past” (Sara Schwebel)

Selected Publications

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    The Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality (University of Chicago Press, 1996), by Julie Reuben