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Benjamin Alpers

Benjamin L. Alpers

Associate Professor of American Intellectual and Cultural History

Ben Alpers

Location: Boren Hall 170


Phone: 405-325-2591


  • Ph.D., History, Princeton University
  • M.A., History, Princeton University 
  • A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University

Ben Alper's work centers on twentieth-century American thought and culture, including film history and the history of political thought. His book Dictators, Democracy, and American Public Culture, 1920's-1950s concerns U.S. responses to Soviet Communism, Italian Fascism, and German Nazism, and the development of the idea of totalarianism. He is currently working on a book entitled Happy Days: Images of the Pre-Sixties Past in Seventies America, which explores early attempts to come to grips with the social and cultural changes that took place in the 1960s. He also serves as the editor of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History's blog.

Research Interests: 

  • U.S. Intellectual History 
  • U.S. Cultural History 
  • Film History 
  • History of Political Thought
  • History and Memory 

Courses Taught:

  • HON 2973 American Social Thought 
  • HON 3993 Film Noir 
  • HON3993 History, Memory, Conflict: World War II Since 1945
  • HON 3993 America in the Sixties 
  • HON 3993 America in the Seventies 


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