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The Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History


Studying Intellectual History at Harvard

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Intellectual history ... emphasizes the transformation of ideas, ideologies, intellectuals and institutions over time.

Intellectual history is a diverse and thriving field of inquiry that emphasizes the transformation of ideas, ideologies, intellectuals, and scholarly institutions over time. Harvard’s Department of History is home to a great many intellectual historians. For sheer number, there are perhaps more of us here than at any other single department in Europe or North America, joined by affiliated faculty in Harvard's Department of Philosophy, in the Department of Government, and History of Science. We work on topics spanning the centuries and crossing the globe, from Asia to the Americas and from Ancient Greece to Modern Europe.

Students at Professor Adorno's Funeral, October 13, 1969. (AP Photo)

Undergraduates at Harvard can choose intellectual history as their chosen field of specialization within the history concentration. Graduate students can designate fields for intellectual history in a particular time and place.

To learn more about the experts on intellectual history, view the following lists:

For a list of affiliated faculty at neighboring institutions in the greater Boston area, click here.

Ann Blair
Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History, CES, Harvard University
Joyce Chaplin
James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History
Peter K. Bol
Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations