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Paul J. Croce

Professor of History
Director of American Studies

Paul Croce researches and teaches American cultural and intellectual history. His prime academic research is on the life and work of William James, the founder of American psychology and pragmatism. Croce's second book, Young William James Thinking, is forthcoming, and he has been president of the William James Society. In cooperation with Harvard's Houghton Library, he organized an international conference on the 100th anniversary of James's death. Inspired by James's commitment to public intellectual work, he teaches on issues in American history related to major values questions, including environmental debates, war and peace, health care issues, science and religion, and the 1950s and 1960s. His dozens of articles for newspapers and magazines on contemporary issues in politics and culture have served as a kind of public classroom, and in fact, that is the name of his web page, The Public Classroom; see his opening essay, Dreaming in Translation,


  • Ph.D., Brown University
  • B.A., Georgetown University

Course Topics

  • Pragmatism and American Culture
  • Darwinism and the Divine in American Culture
  • History of American Health Care
  • History and Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Immigration and Ethnicity in American Culture
  • American Political Cultures
  • Journalism and American Culture
  • Campaign Watching [2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 forthcoming]
  • War and Peace in American Culture
  • The First Years of Our Own Time: The American 1950s and 1960s
  • USA, The Natural Experiment: Environmental Debates
  • American Environmental Issues
  • Nature and the American Marketplace
  • Community Service
  • Survey of US History
  • American Cultural Traditions

Research Interests

  • Science and religion in American culture
  • The life and work of William James
  • American cultural values


Paul Croce

Faculty Expert

  • Intellectual life and popular culture
  • Science and religion

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