Jonathan Hansen

Jonathan Hansen

Senior Lecturer on Social Studies
Faculty Associate, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
Jonathan Hansen

Jonathan Hansen is Senior Lecturer on Social Studies and Faculty Associate, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. An intellectual historian, he is the author of The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Debating American Identity, 1890-1920 (Chicago, 2003) and Guantanamo: An American History (Hill and Wang, 2011), along with articles, op-eds, and book reviews on U.S. imperialism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and race and ethnicity. He is currently working on a biography of Fidel Castro (Young Castro, to be published by Simon & Schuster), which takes him often to Cuba and the Oficina de Asuntos Históricos del Consejo de Estado, among other archives, in Havana.

In recent years, Hansen has taught SS10, a junior tutorial on "Justice and Reconciliation after Mass Violence," a freshman seminar on PTSD in American history, and (with Robert Mnookin) seminars at Harvard Law School on reconciliation with Cuba and intractable conflicts. Born in Philadelphia and educated at Haverford College and Boston University, Hansen lives in Belmont, MA, with his wife Anne, a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and his three children: Oliver, Julian, and Nathalie. In recent years, the family has become deeply attached to Rwanda, where they spent the summer of 2010, and where Anne is helping to develop national protocols on maternal and child health. The problem of peace and reconciliation in Rwanda has informed Hansen's work and teaching in Social Studies and at HLS.

2016-17 Courses
Social Studies 10a: Introduction to Social Studies (Fall)
Social Studies 10b: Introduction to Social Studies (Spring)
Social Studies 98nd: Mass Violence, Memory, and Reconciliation (Spring)

Contact Information

320 William James Hall
p: 617-495-9263