Professor Louis Menand is widely considered to be the foremost modern scholar of American studies. His most famous work The Metaphysical Club (2001), a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the 19th and 20th centuries, received a Pulitzer Prize in history in 2002. It also received the 2002 Francis Parkman Prize. Menand then went on to publish American Studies (2002), an amalgam of essays and articles on people who have greatly contributed to American culture. Menand is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker and also frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.
Menand completed his undergraduate work at Pomona and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1980. He was a Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York before moving to Harvard in 2003, where he is currently Professor of English and American literature and language. His professional commitment to academia and journalism is a rare combination. He commutes between Beacon Hill, MA and New York City.