James T. Kloppenberg

James T. Kloppenberg

Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies
Charles Warren Professor of American History
James T.  Kloppenberg

James T. Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard, served as interim chair of Social Studies in 2013-14. A native of Denver, Colorado, a graduate of Dartmouth College (AB 1973) and Stanford University (MA 1976, PhD 1980), and a recipient of fellowships from the Danforth, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies, Kloppenberg is an intellectual historian who has been a member of the Standing Committee in Social Studies since 1999. His teaching and writing focus on the history of social theory in Europe and America, with particular attention to the relation between the republican and liberal traditions and the theory and practice of democracy. In recognition of his teaching, he has been awarded the Levinson Memorial Prize by the Harvard Undergraduate Council and has been named a Harvard College Professor. His books include Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920 (1986); A Companion to American Thought (1995); The Virtues of Liberalism (1998); Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition (2010); and Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). His course History 1330, Social Thought in Modern America, has been taken by hundreds of Social Studies students interested in connecting the ideas examined in Social Studies 10 with American thought and culture.  

2016-17 Courses
Social Studies 10a: Introduction to Social Studies (Fall)
Social Studies 10b: Introduction to Social Studies (Spring)
History 1330: Social Thought in Modern America (Spring)

Office Hours
Dr. Kloppenberg holds office hours in William James Hall on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:00. To sign up, please go to SignUpGenius.

Contact Information

120 Robinson Hall