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Jonathan Strassfeld

PhD Candidate, ABD
Adviser: Robert Westbrook

Major Fields: American History, The Social History of Ideas
Minor Fields: American Intellectual History, Modernity and Modernism


American History

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the history of phenomenology in American philosophy. More broadly, I am interested in the history of American philosophy and higher education. My approach to these topics draws on the techniques of both intellectual and social history to question how institutions affect the development and influence of ideas.


Phenomenology and American Philosophy


AB Philosophy, Princeton University 2009

Selected Publications

  • "Husserl at Harvard: The Origins of American Phenomenology," in Michela Ferri, Ed., The Reception of Phenomenology in North America (Forthcoming: Springer, 2017)
  • "Philosophical Hegemony: Analysis in America." Syracuse University FPP Graduate History Conference, Syracuse April 2016.
  • "Philosophical Circulation: The Pervasion of Analysis in American Thought." University of Rochester Graduate History Conference, Rochester, February 2016.
  • "Quantitative and Computational Approaches to Intellectual History." History Department Workshop, University of Rochester, February 18, 2016.
  • "Philosophical Hegemony: The Analytic Movement in America." Albion Tourgee Seminar, University of Rochester, November 2014.


  • History 193: "America Works: A Labor History of The United States," Instructor, University of Rochester, Summer 2016
  • History 191: "Vietnam: The American War," Instructor, University of Rochester, Spring 2016, syllabus
  • History 202: "Health, Medicine, and Social Reform," Teaching Assistant for Theodore Brown, University of Rochester, Spring 2015
  • History 160: "United States History to 1865," Teaching Assistant for Daniel Borus, University of Rochester, Fall 2014


  • Edward Peck Curtis, Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student, University of Rochester, 2016.
  • Meyers Graduate Teaching Prize, University of Rochester History Department, 2016
  • Dexter Perkins Prize, University of Rochester History Department, 2015
  • Sproull Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2012-2015
  • Class of 1869 Prize in Ethics and Social Philosophy, Princeton University, 2009