Amy Kittelstrom

Title: Associate Professor

Concentration: Modern U.S. History and Transnational Intellectual Culture

Education: Ph.D., Boston University

Office: Stevenson 2066

Phone: (707) 664-2327



Amy Kittelstrom is a historian of modern thought and culture who specializes in nineteenth-century American thinkers and their contexts. She is particularly interested in the lived intellectual connections between individuals and cultures of the past, how their ideas on religion and democracy informed one another, and how Americans engaged with books and thinkers from India, Great Britain, and the Romantic movement. In the classroom, she introduces students to a variety of texts and enjoys helping them improve their writing and professional comportment.


  • HIST 251: U.S. Survey to 1865
  • HIST 252: U.S. Survey from 1865
  • HIST 351: American Thought and Society to 1865
  • HIST 352: American Thought and Society from 1865
  • HIST 375: The American Creed: Exceptionalism and Nationalism in Historical Perspective
  • HIST 391: The Historian's Craft: The Methods and Discipline of History
  • HIST 456: Emergence of Modern America, 1870-1920
  • HIST 469: American Religious History
  • HIST 496: The History Journal
  • HIST 498: Senior Seminar: Modernity and its Discontents

Selected Scholarship:

Book manuscript, The Religion of Democracy: The American Reformation and the Making of Modern Liberalism

"The Academic-Motherhood Handicap," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 12, 2010

 “An International Social Gospel: Unity and Brotherhood at the World’s Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1893.” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 19.2 (Summer 2009): 243–74.

“Too Hidebound: Heeding Inner Divinity and Stemming Class Prejudice in a Republic of Truths.” William James Studies 4 (2009): 21-35.

“Against Elitism: Studying William James in the Academic Age of the Underdog.” William James Studies 1.1 (2006): 1–18.