Sean Wilentz is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University. He studies U.S. social and political history, specializing in the early nation and Jacksonian democracy. Wilentz received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University (1980) after earning bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University (1972) and Balliol College, Oxford University (1974). He is the author of several books including Chants Democratic (1984), which won several national prizes, including the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association and In The Kingdom of Matthias (1994), with coauthor Paul Johnson, among others. His major study, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, received the Bancroft Prize in 2006 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wilentz’s latest book, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008, was published in May 2008.
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