Wickberg, Daniel

Associate Professor

Office:  JO 5.428

Areas of Specialization:  American cultural and intellectual history, American Studies, Historiography.

Education: PhD, American Studies, Yale University, 1993
MA, History, UCLA 1986
BA, History, Reed College, 1982

Daniel Wickberg has taught at Yale University, Colgate University, and UT Dallas. He has expertise in the history of American social thought, modern American culture, Anglo-American intellectual history and historical thought/ historiography. Wickberg's primary long-term interests lay in the intersections between the cultural history of emotions, the history of selfhood, and the history of keywords. His first book, The Senses of Humor: Self and Laughter in American Culture, was published in 1998 by Cornell University Press. This work looks at the origins and development of the idea of the sense of humor as a personality trait and a cultural value as a way of getting at larger issues of selfhood and society in modern America. He is currently developing several projects, including a series of essays on cultural and intellectual historiography. Wickberg is also working on a book project, titled The Sympathetic Revolution: The Meaning of Sympathy in American Culture, 1750-1950. This work seeks to trace the larger cultural implications of the concept of sympathy in the United States, and to give to sympathy a centrality that ideas such as equality and individualism have had in the understanding of American culture. His essay "The Sympathetic Self in American Culture" appears in Wilfred McClay, ed., Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past (Eerdman's, 2008). His work seeks to revivify an approach to cultural history that focuses on the centrality of cultural sensibilities; his essay "What is the History of Sensibilities? On Cultural Histories Old and New," a statement of that approach, appeared in the June 2007 issue of the American Historical Review. His essays and reviews have also appeared in a number of other journals, including The Journal of American History, Critical Inquiry, Intellectual History Newsletter, Journal of Social History, American Studies and Reviews in American History.