Julie Reuben is a historian interested in the role of education in American society and culture. Her teaching and research address broad questions about the purposes of education, the relation between educational institutions and political and social concerns, and the forces that shape educational change. She is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
While a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Reuben will be working on a book titled “Campus Revolts: Politics and the American University in the 1960s.” This book examines a series of debates, ranging from questions about the political rights of students to struggles over the distribution of power on campuses, emerging from the campus activism of the 1960s. It will help us understand the continuing and contested influence of the civil rights, antiwar, and feminist movements on contemporary academia.
Reuben received her BA in history from Brandeis University and her MA and PhD in history from Stanford University. Her book The Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality (University of Chicago Press, 1996) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. She has been selected as a fellow for the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and received a Major Research Grant from the Spencer Foundation.