One of America’s foremost cultural critics and historians
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, “The Metaphysical Club” (2001)
Robert M. and Anne T. Bass Professor of English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University (2004-present)
Professor Louis Menand is widely considered to be the foremost modern scholar of American studies. A celebrated literary critic and cultural historian, Louis is currently the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard University, a staff writer for The New Yorker and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.
Louis’ professional commitment to academia, journalism and high culture is a rare combination. He is perhaps best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Metaphysical Club” (2001), an intellectual and cultural history of late 19th and early 20th century America. It also received the 2002 Francis Parkman Prize. Other books include “Discovering Modernism: T. S. Eliot and His Context” (1987), “Pragmatism: A Reader” (1996), and his most recent volume, “The Marketplace of Ideas” (2010).
Louis has contributed to The New Yorker since 1991, was an associate editor of The New Republic from 1986 to 1987, and a contributing editor of The New York Review of Books from 1994 to 2001. He has also taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Queens College, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Virginia School of Law.
He has written incisively on the problems and challenges of higher education, as well as on the future role of the university in modern America.
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