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Ruth Bloch


Contact Information

Office  6265 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-4601


Ph.D Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, 1980
Advisors: Robert Middlekauff, Henry F. May, Robert Bellah
M.A., 1973.

B.A. American History and Literature; Social Studies, Radcliffe College (1967-69, 1970-71)
B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley (1972)

Selected Publications


Visionary Republic: Millennial Themes in American Thought, 1756-1800 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985)

Gender and Morality in Anglo-American Culture, 1650-1800 (Berkeley: UC Press, 2003)

Recent Articles

"Utopianism, Liberalism, and Sentimentalism in American Culture," Intellectual History Newsletter 24(2002): 47-60

"Changing Conceptions of Sexuality and Romance in Eighteenth-Century America," William and Mary Quarterly 60 (Jan 2003):13-42.

"Inside and Outside the Public Sphere," William and Mary Quarterly 62(Jan 2005): 99-106.

"The Origins of Feminism and the Limits of Enlightenment" Journal of Modern Intellectual History 3(2006): 273-294

"The American Revolution, Wife Beating, and the Emergent Value of Privacy," Journal of Early American Studies (Nov 2007): pp. 223-251.


History of Women and Gender, 1600-1860
History of Religion, 1600-1860
The Public/Private Distinction