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Recent PhD Recipients

Michael J. Brown

Michael J. Brown

PhD, 2014
Advisor: Robert Westbrook

Major Fields: Intellectual History, Political Theory
Minor Fields: American History


American History

Research Interests

European and American intellectual history, American political culture, the public sphere, philosophy, political thought, and anti-intellectualism.


Experts, Eggheads, and Elites: Debating the Role of Intellectuals in American Political Culture, 1952-2008


London School of Economics and Political Science; M.Sc. with Distinction; Philosophy, Politics, and Social Value; 2003
Cornell University, B.A. with Distinction in All Subjects, Government, 2002

Selected Publications

  • "The Moralist and the Mandarin: Noam Chomsky and Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.'s Dispute Over Vietnam" for the University of Rochester History Workshop, October 2009
  • "A Prophet's Work: Christopher Lasch and the Logic of Social Criticism" for Christopher Lasch and the Rochester Constellation: The Conscience of a Critic, University of Rochester, March 2009
  • "The Values of Value-Free Man" for UNESCO World Philosophy Day at St. John Fisher College, November 2005


  • Warfare: Past, Present, and Future; Rochester Scholars program, 2008-2010
  • History 146: Democratic America, 1800-1865, teaching assistant, Spring 2010
  • History 145: Early America, 1600-1800, teaching assistant, Fall 2009
  • History 234: Twentieth-Century European Thought, teaching assistant, Spring 2009
  • History 147: Industrial America, 1865-1929, teaching assistant, Fall 2008
  • History 148: Recent America, 1929-1989, apprentice teacher, Spring 2008
  • Upper School History Teacher, The Harley School, Rochester, NY, 2004-2007


  • Dissent/JSL Films Paul Goodman Essay Contest winner, 2010
  • Lina and A. William Salomone Prize for "outstanding work in European cultural and intellectual history," 2010
  • Meyers Graduate Teaching Award, 2009
  • Dean's Fellow, 2007-2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University, 2002