Stanford Experts

Caroline Winterer

Title:
Professor of History and of Humanities; Director, Humanities Center

Email:
cwinterer@stanford.edu

Phone:
(650) 723-3052

Website:
https://profiles.stanford.edu/caroline-winterer

Description

Caroline Winterer is Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. She specializes in American history of the pre-1900 period, especially the history of ideas, political theory, and the history of science. Her most recent book is American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason (Yale, 2016). In it, she shows how early Americans grappled with the promises of the Enlightenment – how they used new questions about the plants, animals, rocks, politics, religions and peoples of the New World to imagine a new relationship between the present and the past, and to spur far-flung conversations about a better future for all of humanity.