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Dan LeMahieu

Hotchkiss Presidential Professor

Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program


PhD  Harvard University.
MA  Harvard University.
BA  summa cum laude, Lawrence University.


D. L. LeMahieu.  A Culture for Democracy: Mass Communication and the Cultivated Mind in Britain Between the Wars. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988. 414 pages.  

D. L. LeMahieu.  The Mind of William Paley: A Philosopher and His Age. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1976. 226 pages.


“Life Writing and Philosophy: Bryan Magee and the Subjectivities of the Examined Life.”  Forthcoming in Life Writing, 15, 3 (2018).

“‘The History Man’ on Television: Ideology and Mediated Embodiment.”  Adaptation, 10, 1 (2017): 127-140.

“Exchange Value: British ‘Scholarship Boys’ in Mid-Twentieth Century America.” Journal of American Studies, 51, 1 (2017): 183-204.

“Kermode’s War.” Literature & History.  25, 1 (2016): 76-94.

“An Awkward Quarrel: The Defense of Humanism in 1970s Britain.” Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, 23, 1 (2015): 1-23.

“‘Scholarship Boys’ in Twilight: The Memoirs of Six Humanists in Post-Industrial Britain.” Journal of British Studies, 53:4 (2014): 1011-31.

“Lost Fathers: Raymond Williams and the Signal Box at Pandy.”  Life Writing. 11, 1 (2014): 69-83.

“Digital Memory, Moving Images, and the Absorption of Historical Experience.”  Film & History.  41,1 (2011): 82-106.

“The Ethopoetic Moment.”  Scope: An Online Journal of Film & TV Studies.  13 (February, 2009).

“Preface” William Paley, Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (1785). (Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 2002): xi - xxvii.

Honest to God and the Discourse on Patriarchy in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain.”  Christianity and Literature . 51, 1 (2001): 43-63.

“America and the Representation of British History in Film and Television” in Roland Quinault and Fred Leventhal, eds., Anglo-American Attitudes: From Revolution to Partnership (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000): 261-78.

“Entrepreneur of Collectivism: Reith of the BBC” in After the Victorians: Private Conscience and Public Duty, 1880-1950. Edited by Susan Pedersen and Peter Mandler (London: Routledge, 1994): 188-206.

“Imagined Contemporaries: Cinematic and Televised Dramas about the Edwardians in Great Britain and the United States, 1967-1985.”  Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television . 10, 3 (1990): 243-56.

“The Gramophone: Recorded Music and the Cultivated Mind in Britain Between the Wars.”  Technology and Culture. 23, 3 (1982): 372-91.

“Malthus and the Theology of Scarcity.” Journal of the History of Ideas. 40, 3 (1979): 467-74.

Review Articles and Short Pieces (Selected)

“Being-Here: Heidegger in the 21st Century.” New Media & Society.  17, 3 (2015): 470-475.

“Modular Narratives.” Film & History.  43, 1 (Spring, 2013): 30-34.

“Culture for Mass Audiences” in Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History. Volume 3. Mary Kupiec Cayton and Peter W. Williams, eds. (New York: Charles Scribners’s Sons, 2001): 259-266.

“The BBC and its Competitors.” Journal of British Studies.  37, 2 (1998):  222-27.

“The Ambiguity of Popularization” in Julian Huxley: Biologist and Statesman of Science.  C. Kenneth Waters and Albert Van Helden, eds. (Houston: Rice University Press, 1992): 252-56.

“The History of British and American Sport: A Review Essay.” Comparative Studies in Society and History: An International Quarterly. 32, 4 (1990): 838-45.

“The Origins of the Advertising Business”. Reviews in American History. 11, 4 (1983): 571-75. 

Book Reviews (120)

Albion.  American Historical Review.  British Politics Newsletter. Canadian Historical Review.  Catholic Historical Review.  Choice. Church History.  Comparative Studies in Economics.  Comparative Studies in Society and History.  Eighteenth-Century Studies.  Film and History.  H-Albion. The Historian.  History: Reviews of New Books.  Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.  History Teacher.  Isis.  Journal of British Studies.  Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.  Journal of Military History.  Journal of Modern History.  Journal of Victorian Culture.  Life Writing.  Media History.  New Media & Society.  Reviews in History. Technology and Culture. Twentieth-Century British History.

Visiting Professorships (Selected)

Harvard University, 1992-93.

University of Michigan, 1983-84.

Awards and Honors (Selected)

Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence, 2006.

Bird Award for Intellectual Contributions, 2002.

Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, 1978-79.

Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship, 1967-72.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, 1967-68.

Frederick Lewis Prize to College Valedictorian, 1967.

Phi Beta Kappa, 1966.