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Jonathan Strassfeld

PhD, 2020
Advisor: Robert Westbrook

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

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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


  • 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


  • Raymond N. Ball Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2018-2019
  • Henry F. May Award, Society for US Intellectual History, 2016
  • 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