University of Rochester

Jonathan Strassfeld

PhD Candidate, ABD

Field: American History

Major Fields: American History, The Social History of Ideas

Minor Fields: American Intellectual History, Modernity and Modernism

Research Interests: My current research focuses on the history of phenomenology in American philosophy. More broadly, I am interested in the history of American philosophy and higher education. My approach to these topics draws on the techniques of both intellectual and social history to question how institutions affect the development and influence of ideas.

Adviser: Robert Westbrook

Dissertation: The Travails of Phenomenology in America

AB Philosophy, Princeton University 2009


  • "Husserl at Harvard: The Origins of American Phenomenology," in Michela Ferri, Ed., The Reception of Phenomenology in North America (Springer, 2016)
  • "Philosophical Hegemony: The Analytic Movement in America." Albion Tourgee Seminar, University of Rochester, November 2014.

Teaching Experience:


  • Dexter Perkins Prize, University of Rochester, 2015
  • Sproull Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2012-2017
  • Class of 1869 Prize in Ethics and Social Philosophy, Princeton University, 2009