Louis Menand

  • Harvard University and The New Yorker

Louis Menand is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard and has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2001. He has also taught at Princeton, Queens College, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he was Distinguished Professor of English. Louis has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. He is the author of several books, including The Metaphysical Club (2001), a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the 19th and 20th centuries for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2002; American Studies (2002); and editor of Pragmatism: A Reader (1997), among others. His most recent book is The Marketplace of Ideas (2010), on American higher education. Louis has been associate editor at The New Republic (1986-1987), literary editor of The New Yorker (1993-1994), and contributing editor of The New York Review of Books (1994-2001). He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia.