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Caroline Winterer specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America in its transatlantic contexts. She focuses on the history of scholarship, books, reading, libraries, and education as well as on the history of art and material culture. She is also interested in the many ways in which the early Americans have made sense of the past, from the deep past of earth history to the more recent antiquity of ancient Mediterranean peoples and American Indians. She is currently working on Stanford's collaborative Mapping of the Republic of Letters project, which is digitally mapping some of the major European and American correspondance networks and libraries of the early modern scholarly world (1500-1800). As a part of this project she is mapping the extensive correspondance network of Benjamin Franklin, as well as the holdings of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the leading library of Enlightenment America.

In addition to authoring The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750-1900 (2007) and The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910 (2002; pb 2004), she has also published articles in the Journal of American History, the American Quarterly, the Journal of the Early Republic, and Modern Intellectual History. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Mellon Foundation, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

She is the current director of the Stanford Humanities Center.

Prof. Winterer in the News

May 29, 2014
Notice anything different lately? The Stanford Humanities Center website has been fully redesigned...
April 29, 2014
History professor Alan Taylor has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book The Internal...
December 1, 2013
When Stanford historian Caroline Winterer was awarded the American Ingenuity Award on November 19,...
April 17, 2013
Winterer, a scholar of the early Americas with a joint appointment in Classics, will lead the...
January 2, 2010
Ancient Rome in America Eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Americans were fascinated by ancient Rome...
Odyssey (WBEZ), May 3, 2005
Human Experience, January 2010
Human Experience video interview with Prof. Winterer about the exhibit, December 15, 2009

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Expertise

  • 19th-century U.S. History
  • American Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Art and Material Culture
  • Colonial America
  • History of Women
  • Pre-20th-century American Women
  • Reception of Classical Antiquity
  • Revolutionary America
  • The American Enlightenment

Contact information

cwinterer@stanford.edu

Bldg 200, Rm 319

650.723.9270

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Education

B.A., cum laude, Pomona College, 1988
A.M., University of Michigan, 1991
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1996