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
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn focuses
on ideas and their intricacy, inner-workings, and importance in the lives of
individuals and society, past and present. In addition to modern and
contemporary American social, cultural, and intellectual history, she has
broader temporal, geographical, and interdisciplinary interests extending
back to antiquity, especially philosophy, comparative literature, cultural and
media criticism, languages, and classical reception. Her teaching and research
integrate specialist and generalist sensibilities and she is in
close conversation with scholars in many fields. Her current
book project, tentatively titled Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the
Return of the Ancient Arts of Living (forthcoming from Notre Dame) explores
ideas in ancient Greco-Roman philosophy and modern American culture about how
to live. Her earlier books include Black Neighbors: Race and the Limits of
Reform in the American Settlement House Movement, 1890-1945 (University of
North Carolina; winner of the Berkshire prize), and Race Experts: How
Sensitivity Training, Interracial Etiquette, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the
Civil Rights Revolution (W. W. Norton; reviewed in the NY Times, London
Times, etc.). She has edited books on the contemporary historical
profession (Routledge) as well as women and the common life (W. W. Norton). Her
writing appears widely in both scholarly and prominent public venues such as The
New Republic and The Hedgehog Review and includes numerous essays,
articles, op eds, and book reviews on a range of subjects from race and
community to civil society, therapeutic culture, democratic citizenship, self,
emotion, moral imagination, children, popular culture, love, and
the life of the mind. A Fulbright fellow, she has received many research
grants and fellowships, including from Yale University’s Whitney Humanities
Center, the PEW and Templeton foundations, the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars, and UVA’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, and
taught graduate seminars at Yale and the University of Rome, Italy. She has
taught and advised many PhD students at Syracuse, where she served as Director
of Graduate Studies in History. Throughout the U.S. and in London, Rome, and
Naples, she has delivered many presentations and invited lectures, including
commencement and conference keynote addresses. Devoted to her students and
colleagues at Syracuse University and in the profession, she has received
awards for her undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising as well as her
research and service. Professor of History and Senior Research Associate
in the Campbell Public Affairs institute, Lasch-Quinn is an
acknowledged contributor to scholarly
and public discourse nationally and internationally.
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).
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.
“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.
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
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.
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
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
Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and modern American culture
Campbell Public Affairs Institute