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Susanna Throop

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John Spencer

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Abigail Kluchin

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Susanna Throop

Project Description

In the later nineteenth century, Americans trained and acquired history degrees in Europe and Germany. It was in Europe that American scholars developed their understanding of what an “Historian” was. This image was one of a masculine “objective” researcher solving and discovering the “truth” of the past. It was these characteristics that formed the original boundaries of the American historical discipline. These boundaries remain and can be seen in contemporary discourse on academia. In Chapter Two this discourse is discussed and explored focusing on the four groups of scholars, disciplines, institutions, and the public. My research seeks to understand how the boundaries continue to reinforce an inaccessible academia and how these effects are demonstrated in the relationship between these groups. In a discussion of academia it is necessary to discuss academic labor both in how scholars see their own labor, and in how that labor is designed to reinforce existing boundaries.