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Michael Meranze


PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    meranze@history.ucla.edu
Office  6240 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-2671

Michael Meranze joined the department as Professor of History in 2006. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught in the history department at the University of California, San Diego since 1989. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of History at the College of William and Mary and a fellow of the Institute of Early American History and Culture from 1987-1989. Meranze has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies among others.

Meranze specializes in United States intellectual and legal history with an emphasis on early America. He published Laboratories of Virtue , an examination of the birth of the penitentiary in the context of the contradictions of the American Revolution and early Liberalism, edited a volume of Benjamin Rush's essays, and has written on the history of the body, the death penalty, conscience, and the relationship between the European Enlightenment and the present. His is completing an essay on the criminal law and the colonial project for a forthcoming Cambridge History of Law in America and is currently working on two long-term projects: one, an analysis of sensibility and violence in the Revolutionary Atlantic and the other an attempt to rethink the history and meaning of the American death penalty from the eighteenth-century to the present.

Currently working on two long-term projects: one, an analysis of sensibility and violence in the Revolutionary Atlantic and the other an attempt to rethink the history and meaning of the American death penalty from the eighteenth-century to the present.

Degrees

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities
American Council of Learned Societies

Selected Publications

Laboratories of Virtue

Completing an essay on the criminal law and the colonial project for a forthcoming Cambridge History of Law in America.

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Constitutional History of U.S.: Origins and Development of Constitutionalism in U.S.

Honors Research in History

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics Historiography Proseminar: U.S.

2017 Winter Quarter

U.S. History, 1800 to 1850

2016 Fall Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: Colonial Origins and First Nation Building Acts

Introduction to U.S. History: Colonial Period

2016 Spring Quarter

Constitutional History of U.S.: Origins and Development of Constitutionalism in U.S.

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2015 Fall Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: Colonial Origins and First Nation Building Acts

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2015 Spring Quarter

U.S. History, 1800 to 1850

2015 Winter Quarter

Constitutional History of U.S.: Origins and Development of Constitutionalism in U.S.

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2014 Fall Quarter

Introduction to U.S. History: Colonial Period

2013 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2012 Fall Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: Colonial Origins and First Nation Building Acts

2012 Spring Quarter

Intellectual History of U.S.

2011 Fall Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: Colonial Origins and First Nation Building Acts

2011 Winter Quarter

U.S. History, 1800 to 1850

2010 Fall Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: Colonial Origins and First Nation Building Acts

Introduction to U.S. History: Colonial Period

2010 Spring Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2010 Winter Quarter

Constitutional History of U.S.: Origins and Development of Constitutionalism in U.S.

2009 Fall Quarter

U.S. History, 1800 to 1850

Introduction to U.S. History: Colonial Period

2009 Winter Quarter

U.S. History, 1800 to 1850

2008 Fall Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: Colonial Origins and First Nation Building Acts

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

2008 Winter Quarter

Constitutional History of the U.S.: Origins and Development of Constitutionalism in the U.S.

2007 Fall Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: Colonial Origins and First Nation Building Acts

Introduction to U.S. History: Colonial Period

2007 Spring Quarter

Constitutional History of the U.S.: Origins and Development of Constitutionalism in the U.S.

2007 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Europe

2006 Fall Quarter

U.S. History, 1800 to 1850

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 187D
Variable Topics Historiography Proseminar: U.S.

2017 Spring Quarter

HIST 138C
U.S. History, 1800 to 1850

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 13A
History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: Colonial Origins and First Nation Building Acts

2016 Fall Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

HIST 246A
Introduction to U.S. History: Colonial Period

2016 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

HIST 143A
Constitutional History of U.S.: Origins and Development of Constitutionalism in U.S.

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

HIST 191D
Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2015 Fall Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

HIST 142A
Intellectual History of U.S.

2012 Spring Quarter

HIST 201H
Topics in History: U.S.

2008 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

2008 Fall Quarter

HIST 143A
Constitutional History of the U.S.: Origins and Development of Constitutionalism in the U.S.

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

HIST 191C
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Europe

2007 Winter Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

2006 Fall Quarter