Dan Rodgers, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, emeritus, is an historian of American ideas and culture who taught at Princeton from 1980 to 2012. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Yale University (1973) after graduating from Brown University (1965). He is the author of four prize-winning books, including The Work Ethic in Industrial America, 1850-1920 (1978), Contested Truths: Keywords in American Politics (1987), and Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age (1998), which has been translated into German and Chinese. His most recent book, Age of Fracture (2011), a history of social ideas and arguments in America in the last quarter of the twentieth century, was a co-winner of the Bancroft Prize. His articles run the gamut from American exceptionalism, to the career of ‘republicanism,’ to the election of 2000.
He has held fellowships from the NEH, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and has served as a member of the editorial boards of the American Historical Review and the Journal of American History. He was chair of the History Department from 1988 to 1995 and organizer of its summer workshops for public and parochial school history teachers. He has been a Fulbright lecturer in Germany and Japan and the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University. He is the recipient of Princeton University's Behrman Award for distinguished achivement in the humanities and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2012.