Jackson Lears


Jackson Lears, a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, is a professor of history at Rutgers University and the editor of Raritan. He is the author of Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877–1920, among other books.

Quantifying Vitality

from Questioning the Quantified Life, Volume 22, Number 2

Statistics in the Progressive Era were more than mere signs of a managerial government’s early efforts to sort and categorize its citizens.

Technocratic Vistas

from The End of the End of History?, Volume 19, Number 3

What many defenders of liberal democracy fail to realize is that they are no longer defending either liberalism or democracy.

Animal Spirits

from The Meaning of Cities, Volume 19, Number 2

The self-made man and the confidence man have existed in dialectical tension down to the present.

The Radicalism of Tradition

from What’s the University For?, Volume 2, Number 3

The attempt to turn universities into businesses challenges the conservative understanding of the humanities.