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Ruth Bloch

Professor Emeritus

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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

“Corporations and the Fourteenth Amendment,” co-authored with Naomi R. Lamoreaux, in Corporations and American Democracy, eds. Naomi R. Lamoreaux and William J. Novak (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017): 286-325.

“Voluntary Associations, Corporate Rights, and the State: Legal Constraints on the Development of American Civil Society, 1750-1900,” co-authored with Naomi R. Lamoreaux, in Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development, eds. Naomi R. Lamoreaux and John J. Wallis (Chicago: NBER and University of Chicago Press, 2017): 231-290.


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