Dennis R. Bryson, Chair and Associate Professor
Dennis Bryson received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and his M.A. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California at Irvine; his specialization was twentieth-century United States cultural and intellectual history. Dr. Bryson's book Socializing the Young: The Role of Foundations, 1923-1941 was published by Greenwood Publishing in 2002. His areas of interest are: twentieth-century U.S. intellectual and cultural history, the history of the social sciences, the history of philanthropic organizations, and the history of the family, childhood, and gender. He is concerned with the philosophy of pragmatism and especially with the work of John Dewey. He is also interested in critical theory, particularly in the thought of Michel Foucault. He is now working on the personality and culture school and its sponsorship by the Social Science Research Council.
Dr. Bryson was acting chair of the Department of American Culture and Literature from May 2004 to May 2008. He has taught courses on intellectuals and public culture, social and cultural movements in the U.S., American intellectual history, Tocqueville, the Great Depression and the New Deal, the construction of the self in American history and culture, and the survey course in U.S. history as a faculty member of this department.
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