Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Klaus Hansen 

Professor Emeritus


Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298


Klaus J. Hansen (now retired) has taught the history of American thought and culture (with emphasis on the antebellum period) since 1968. He regards at his proudest achievement the works of his students, who have published on Perry Miller, Emerson and Rousseau, Mormonism and American culture, and the feminism of nineteenth century farm women (among others). His own major written works have been in the area of Mormonism and American culture, Tocqueville, the Liberal Tradition, and American social thought. He is currently completing essays on "Louis Hartz in German Perspective" (for Lexington Books), "Robert Wiebe and American Nationalism," (for "Reviews in American History"), and "Tocqueville and Joseph Smith: two poles apart" (for Columbia University Press). He is also working on a long-range project, "The Pareto Seminar at Harvard and American Social Thought," and completing a revision of "Quest for Empire," to be retitled "The Mormon Kingdom and the American Republic: a study in cultural transformation."