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Julie A. Reuben

Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education
Julie A. Reuben

Degree:  Ph.D., Stanford University, (1990)
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Julie A. Reuben, Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education, is interested in the role of education in American society and culture. Her teaching and research address broad questions about the purposes of education, the relation between educational institutions and political and social concerns, and the forces that shape educational change. Her book, Making of the Modern University (1996), examines the relation between changing conceptions of knowledge, standards of scholarship, and the position of religion and morality in the American university during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is the author of numerous articles that explore the impact of political activism of the 1960s on the American university including "Consorting with the Barbarians at the Gate: McGeorge Bundy, the Ford Foundation, and Student Activism in the late 1960s," in Making of the American Century: Essays on Twentieth Century American Politics and Culture, ed. Bruce Schulman, (2013) and "Challenging Neutrality: Sixties Activism and Debates over Political Advocacy in the American University," in Professors and their Politics, eds. Neil Gross and Salon Simmons, (2013). She has also published articles on the history of civic education in public schools. Currently, Reuben is researching forms of political education in mid-twentieth century American higher education and the impact of progressive educational theories on American higher education. She also has on-going research on the history of civics education and character education in American public schools. Reuben received her Ph.D. in History from Stanford University.

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Areas of Expertise

Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences,(2000)

Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award for Making of the Modern University,(1997)

National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship,(1992)

Dissertation, Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities,(1988)

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship,(1987)


Campus Revolts: Politics and the American University in the 1960s,(forthcoming)

"The Limits of Freedom: Student Activism and Educational Reform at Berkeley in the 1960s," in 'There Is a Time': The Free Speech Movement, Mario Savio, and Social Protest in 1960s America (ed. by R. Cohen and R.E. Zelnick),(forthcoming)

"Merit, Mission, and Minority Students: A History of Debates over Special Admissions Programs," in A Faithful Mirror: Reflections on the College Board and Education in America, The College Board Centennial History Project (ed. by M. Johanek),(2001)

"The University and its Discontents," in The Hedgehog Review,(2000)

"Reforming the University: Student Protests and the Demand for a 'Relevant' Curriculum," in Student Protest Since 1960 (ed. by G.J. DeGroot),(1998)

"Beyond Politics: Community Civics and the Redefinition of Citizenship," in History of Education Quarterly,(1997)

Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality,(1996)

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