Thomas L. Haskell

Samuel G. McCann Professor Emeritus of History

Email: thaskell [] rice.edu Phone: x4947

Education

  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1973.
  • B.A., Princeton University, 1961.

Areas of Interest

  • American thought and society
  • U.S. history from the17th Century to the present
  • Victorian intellectuals
  • historical interpretation

Research and Teaching Statement

Thomas Haskell is Samuel G. McCann Professor Emeritus of History at Rice University. He is a noted authority in the history of American thought and society and historical interpretation. In the 1980s he engaged in a celebrated debate with David Brion Davis about the role of capitalism and the moral sensibility of antislavery and, more broadly, about the relationship of moral action and social change. He has written, edited, and contributed to a number of important books, including (author) The Emergence of Professional Social Science: The American Social Science Association and the Nineteenth Century Crisis of Authority (1977; 2000); (editor) The Authority of Experts: Historical and Theoretical Essays (1984); (contributor) The Antislavery Debate, ed. Thomas Bender (1992) and (author) Objectivity is not Neutrality: Explanatory Schemes in History (1998). His articles and review essays have appeared in the New York Review of Books, the American Historical Review, Reviews in American History, and History and Theory. Professor Haskell has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and John P. Birkelund Fellow at the National Humanities Center.

Selected Publications

  • Objectivity is not Neutrality: Explanatory Schemes in History (Johns Hopkins Univ., 1998).
  • The Emergence of Professional Social Science: The American Social Science Association and the Nineteenth Century Crisis of Authority (Univ. of Illinois, 1977; Johns Hopkins Univ., 2000).
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 Objectivity is Not Neutrality (2000)
 The Emergence of Professional
Social Science
(2000)