Skip to Main Content
Maxwell School

Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn

Professor, History


Contact Information

322 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-2700
Curriculum Vitae
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn CV

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990


Modern American society, culture, thought; cultural criticism; intellectual history; history of ideas; self, emotion, art of living, ancient and modern; therapeutic culture, civil society, community, race, family; contemplative learning


On research leave 2016-17



Race Experts: How Racial Etiquette, Sensitivity Training, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the Civil Rights Revolution (W. W. Norton and Co., 2001).

Black Neighbors: Race and the Limits of Reform in the American Settlement House Movement, 1890-1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993). Annual Book Award Winner, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.

Reconstructing History: The Emergence of a New Historical Society, edited with Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, essays on the study of history and the historical profession (Routledge, 1999).

Women and the Common Life: Love, Marriage, and Feminism, edited essays by historian Christopher Lasch (New York: W. W. Norton, 1997). 

Recent Essays:

Co-authored with Matthew D. Stewart, “Beyond Critique: Philip Rieff’s Positive Vision,” Jonathan Imber, ed., The Anthem Companion to Philip Rieff (Anthem Press, UK, forthcoming).

“Individual Liberty and Civic Practices” in Donald W. Harward, ed. (Director, Bringing Theory to Practice Project), Civic Values and Civic Practices, 2013, 73-81.

“Inarticulate by Choice: The Decline of Letter Writing and the Future of the Intellectual Past,” essay series in seven parts (July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 21, August 26, September 16, 2012), Society for United States Intellectual History Blog.

“From Rome with Love,” essay series in six parts (May 6, May 13, May 21, June 3, June 17, June 25, 2012), Society for United States Intellectual History Blog. Reflections as Fulbright Fellow, republished on U.S.-Italy Fulbright website.

“From Inwardness to Intravidualism,” Hedgehog Review (Spring 2011), 43-51.

“Contemporary Social Thought,” in Martin Halliwell and Catherine Morley, eds., American Thought and Culture in the Twenty-first Century (NY: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2009).

“Introduction” to Philip Rieff, Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith after Freud (Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Publishing, 2007); new critical edition, vii-xxvi.

“A Stranger’s Dream: The Contemporary Socialization Crisis and the Rise of the Virtual Self,” in Wilfred M. McClay, ed., Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007), 232-262.

“Bringing Up Baby,” Wilson Quarterly (Spring 2003), 109-112. Review essay on the history of childrearing.

Some Notable Citations:

Molly Worthen, “Stop Saying ‘I Feel Like’,” New York Times (Sunday Review), May 1, 2016, p. SR4; also cited on numerous blogs.

David Brooks, “The Society of Surfaces,” New York Times (Opinion Pages), April 29, 2011.

Kershaw, S. “Talk about Race? Relax, It’s O.K.” New York Times (Fashion and Style), January 15, 2009, p. E1. 

Geske, A. “Land of the Lost Parents,” Utne Reader, Nov.-Dec. 2003, 74-75.

Teaching Appointments

Non-Residential Visiting Faculty Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture Foundation: In Media Res, University of Virginia

Pellicone Faculty Scholar, Dept. of History, Syracuse University

Affiliated Faculty Member, Honor’s Program, Syracuse University

Full Professor (with tenure), Department of History, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Research Fellow, Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs Program, The Historical Society & John Templeton Foundation

Spring 2012
Fulbright Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Department of American Studies, University of Rome III (Dipartimento di Studi Euro-Americani, Università di Roma Tre), Rome, Italy

Research Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

Associate Professor, Department of History, Syracuse University

Research Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, Whitney Humanities Center and Program in American Studies, Yale University

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Syracuse University

Research Interests

Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and modern American culture

SU Affiliations

Campbell Public Affairs Institute

twitter facebook youtube linkedin blog rss
Syracuse UniversityGive Now

Maxwell School of Syracuse University | 200 Eggers Hall | Syracuse, NY 13244-1020 | 315.443.2252