Amy Kittelstrom


Amy Kittelstrom
Amy Kittelstrom


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Ph.D., Boston University


Modern U.S. History and Transnational Intellectual Culture


Amy Kittelstrom is a historian of modern thought and culture who specializes in nineteenth-century American thinkers and their contexts. She is particularly interested in the lived intellectual connections between individuals and cultures of the past, how their ideas on religion and democracy informed one another, and how Americans engaged with books and thinkers from India, Great Britain, and the Romantic movement. In the classroom, she introduces students to a variety of texts and enjoys helping them improve their writing and professional comportment.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Book manuscript, The Religion of Democracy: The American Reformation and the Making of Modern Liberalism

"The Academic-Motherhood Handicap," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 12, 2010

 “An International Social Gospel: Unity and Brotherhood at the World’s Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1893.” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 19.2 (Summer 2009): 243–74.

“Too Hidebound: Heeding Inner Divinity and Stemming Class Prejudice in a Republic of Truths.” William James Studies 4 (2009): 21-35.

“Against Elitism: Studying William James in the Academic Age of the Underdog.” William James Studies 1.1 (2006): 1–18.