S-USIH Officers: 2016-2017


A native of Los Angeles with a PhD from UC Berkeley, Kevin M. Schultz is an associate professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  An award-winning author and teacher, his essays have appeared in the Journal of American HistoryAmerican Quarterly, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Labor History.  Always interested in ideas in action, his first book, Tri-Faith America: How Postwar Catholics and Jews Held America to its Protestant Promise (Oxford University Press, 2011), charted the decline of the idea that the United States was a “Christian nation” and the subsequent rise of the notion that the country was premised on something called “Judeo-Christianity.”  His second book, Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), examined the intertwined lives of William F. Buckley, Jr. and Norman Mailer as a way of offering a new understanding that pivotal decade.  He is also the author of a bestselling textbook of American history from Cengage Learning, called HIST.


Cara Burnidge is an assistant professor of religion at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She researches and teaches classes related to the history of religion and politics in the United States and its global context as well as the history of world religions. Her book, A Peaceful Conquest: Woodrow Wilson, Religion, and the New World Order (Chicago University Press, 2016) will be available this fall. A Peaceful Conquest re-narrates the development of Wilsonian internationalism according to changes in the American religious landscape during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. In 2016, the Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis selected Cara as a member 2016-2018 cohort of the Young Scholars of American Religion program. She also serves as an editor and contributor for Religion in American History and Religion in the American West.


A native of Brooklyn, New York, Sara earned her Ph.D. in History from Boston University in 2016. She is Series Editor of The Papers of John Adams, part of The Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She has worked on the selection, annotation, indexing, and book production of nearly a dozen scholarly editions drawn from the Adams Papers (Harvard University Press, 2009— ). Her research focuses on early American thought, culture, and religion. Her current book project is “Household Gods: Creating Adams Family Religion in the American Republic, 1583-1927.” She is a co-founder and contributor to The Junto, as well as a S-USIH Blogger. Her current public history project, in process here, is “A Woman’s Work,” a new collective biography of early American women intellectuals.

MICHAEL KRAMER, Chair of Publications

Michael J. Kramer is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013). His new research focuses on the history of technology in the US folk music revival. He is also at work on a set of essays about intellectuals and the counterculture and a history of arts criticism in America. He teaches history, American studies, civic engagement, and digital humanities at Northwestern University. Co-founder of NUDHL, the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory, he blogs about digital topics at Issues in Digital History. He has been an editor at the website of the New York Times and in the Design, Publishing, and New Media Department of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Since 2012, Kramer has served as dramaturg and historian-in-residence for The Seldoms, a dance company based in Chicago. He is also on the advisory board for Dancing on the Third Coast: The Chicago Dance History Project. Kramer has written for numerous publications and blogs about art, culture, history, politics, and more at Culture Rover. (Photo: Credit Jill Brazel.)

JenniferBurns_0JENNIFER BURNS, Chair 2016 Conference (Stanford University)

Burns is a historian of the twentieth century United States working at the intersection of intellectual, political, and cultural history, with a particular interest in ideas about the state, markets, and capitalism and how these play out in policy and politics.  Her first book, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Oxford, 2009), was an intellectual biography of the libertarian novelist Ayn Rand. She has published articles about the history of conservatism in a number of academic and popular journals, including Reviews in American History, Modern Intellectual History, Journal of Cultural Economy, The New York Times, The New Republic, and Dissent. Burns will sit on the executive committee for the 2015-2016 session as an officer.

LDs_books1L.D. BURNETT, Chair 2017 Conference (Dallas, TX)

Burnett is a PhD candidate in Humanities/History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas; she has an undergraduate degree in English from Stanford.  Her dissertation explores an infamous, emblematic but still inadequately understood battle in the so-called ‘Culture Wars’ of the 1980s: the ‘Great Books’ / ‘Western Culture’ debate at Stanford University. Burnett will sit on the executive committee for the 2016-2017 session as an officer.

TIM LACY, Chair 2018 Conference

A founding member of the USIH blog and the Society, Lacy recently finished a book on the history of the great books idea and philosopher-educator Mortimer J. Adler entitled, The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Tim is a graduate adviser in Northwestern University’s School School of Professional Studies. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago in history. Lacy’s investment in the intellectual history as a field has been the single most significant factor in the development of the USIH blog and conference. Future projects include a manuscript on great books cosmopolitanism for a co-authored book, and then a long-simmering study of anti-intellectualism.

RAYMOND HABERSKI, JR., Administrative Officer

In May 2015, the Executive Committee formally established this position and appointed Haberski to facilitate the relationship between the Society for U.S. Intellectual History and the institution (i.e. IUPUI) that supports specific operations important to the work of the society. The position is defined below and will be added to the bylaws of the society:

  1. Appointed position with a term decided by the executive committee; serves at the pleasure of the president of the society
  2. Non-voting membership to the executive committee—invited to give reports and answer questions
  3. Responsible for providing a mailing address for society business
  4. With the approval of the executive committee, carries out society business with the institution that has agreed to provide specific kinds of support to the society
  5. Seeks and applies for funding through the institution to help support the work of the society
  6. Helps executive committee officers fulfill their duties as described in the society’s constitution