David W. Levy
David Ross Boyd Professor
I earned my BA from the University of Illinois (1959), my MA from the University of Chicago (1961) and my PhD from the University of Wisconsin (1967). Before coming to the University of Oklahoma, in the fall of 1967, I taught for three years at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
My chief scholarly interests are in American intellectual and constitutional history. I published a biography, Herbert Croly of the New Republic: The Life and Thought of an American Progressive (Princeton University Press, 1985) and worked as a co-editor of a five volume collection of The Letters of Louis D. Brandeis (State University of New York Press, 1971-78). A sixth volume was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 1991). I am working on a seventh (and final) volume which is also under contract at the OU Press. In addition I have written a book on The Debate over Vietnam (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991, 1995) and have co-edited a volume of FDR's Fireside Chats (OU Press, 1992; Penguin Books, 1993) and edited a new edition of William Dean Howells's 1894 utopian novel, A Traveler from Altruria (St. Martin's Press, 1996). Currently, I am working on a three-volume history of the University of Oklahoma.
I have also written articles on various scholarly, popular, and University-related topics.
The Brandeis project was supported by a series of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Vietnam study was supported by a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Since coming to OU, I have won the Regents Award for Superior Teaching, the AMOCO Teaching Award, and the UOSA award for teaching (twice). I was named a David Ross Boyd Professor in 1985. I teach a three part course in American intellectual history (to 1815; 1815-1877; and 1877 to the Present). I also teach the post-Civil War survey course, Honors colloquia, capstone courses for history majors, and occasional graduate seminars. I will soon introduce a course in American Jewish history. I have supervised about a dozen PhD dissertations and many MA theses on various topics in American intellectual history.
Click on highlighted links for syllabi examples.History 1493: Survey (Honors) (Spring 1999)
History 3463: Life of the Mind in America, to 1815 (Fall 1998)
History 3473: Life of the Mind in America, 1815-1877 (Fall 1997)
History 3483: Life of the Mind in America, Since 1877 (Spring 1998)
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