Eighteen Princeton University faculty members were transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees. Transfers are effective July 1, 2019.
They include two history professors:
- Hendrik Hartog, the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty and professor of history, and
- Anson Rabinbach, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History.
Hendrik “Dirk” Hartog is a leading historian of law and has spent his scholarly life focused on the difficulties and opportunities that come with studying how broad political and cultural themes have been expressed in everyday legal conflicts. He has worked in a variety of areas of American legal history: on the history of city life, on the history of constitutional rights claims, on the history of marriage, on the history of slavery and emancipation, and on the historiography of legal change and of legal history. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1992.
He is the author of:
- Public Property and Private Power: the Corporation of the City of New York in American Law, 1730-1870,
- Man and Wife in America: a History,
- Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age, and
- The Trouble with Minna: A Case of Slavery and Emancipation in the Antebellum North.
He was affiliated with Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs, and from 2006-15 he directed Princeton’s Program in American Studies, diversifying the scope and content of American studies on multiple levels. He received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2011 and the Graduate Mentoring Award in 2018.
He earned his A.B. from Carleton College, his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University.
Anson Rabinbach is a specialist in modern European history with an emphasis on intellectual and cultural history who has served on Princeton’s faculty since 1996. He has published extensively on Nazi Germany, Austria and European thought in the 19th and 20th centuries. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1996.
He is the author of:
- The Crisis of Austrian Socialism: From Red Vienna to Civil War 1927-1934,
- The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity,
- In the Shadow of Catastrophe: German Intellectuals Between Enlightenment and Apocalypse, and
- The Third Reich Sourcebook (with Sander Gilman).
He helped co-found the journal New German Critique in 1974 and served for many years on the editorial board of Dissent magazine.
His current research is on concepts invented in the 20th century, including “totalitarianism” and genocide. It emphasizes World War II exchanges between European and American intellectuals.