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Louis Menand is Lee Simpkins Family Professor of Arts and Sciences and Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard. He is the author of The Metaphysical Club (2001), a history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the 19th and 20th centuries, which received the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2002. It also received the 2002 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians. Menand has contributed to the New Yorker since 1991 and been a staff writer since 2001.
Menand graduated from Pomona College and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Before coming to Harvard, in 2003, he was a distinguished professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.