We’ve just heard the sad news from David Armitage that Pauline Maier, who was the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of American History at M.I.T., passed away today, following a battle with lung cancer. As readers of this blog no doubt know, she was one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era. And she had a particular interest in political thought. Her last book, Ratification (2010), dealt with the process by which the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the states, with a particular eye to the local debates over the document. It was also the subject of a terrific keynote address that she gave at our 2011 conference in New York City. The U.S Intellectual History Blog will have more to say on Maier’s work and legacy in ensuing days and weeks. Today our thoughts are with her family, colleagues, and those who knew her well.
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Robert Greene II
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