Expert on American intellectual and cultural history, from the founding to the present.
- How ideas have influenced the course of American history.
- Developments and transformations in American political, social, economic thought.
- Anti-Intellectualism in American life.
- The Quest for Wisdom in American history.
- Author of several books on the history of American thought and culture.
- Recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, NEH, and others.
- Her articles and essays for broader audiences have appeared in American Prospect, Guardian, Dissent, Los Angeles Review of Books, Raritan, Daedalus, and the Nation.