The End of Utopia


Russell Jacoby (born April 23, 1945) is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an author and a critic of academic culture. His fields of interest are twentieth-century European and American intellectual and cultural history, specifically the history of intellectuals and education.

In 2009, he was appointed to the Moishe Gonzales Folding Chair of Critical Theory. A documentary, Velvet Prisons: Russell Jacoby on American Academia, premiered at the Humanity Explored Online Film Festival.

He was born in New York City and educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He received a doctorate in 1974 from the University of Rochester.

  • Articles and reviews in American Historical Review, Grand Street, The Nation, Los Angeles Times, London Review of Books, The New York Times, Harper's and elsewhere.
  • Social Amnesia: A Critique of Contemporary Psychology (Beacon Press, 1975; Transaction, 1997)
  • “What is Conformist Marxism?”. Telos 45 (Fall 1980). New York: Telos Press.
  • Dialectic of Defeat: Contours of Western Marxism (Cambridge University Press, 1981)
  • The Repression of Psychoanalysis: Otto Fenichel and the Political Freudians (Basic Books, 1983)
  • The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe (Basic Books, 1987; new edition with new Introduction, Basic Books 2000)
  • Dogmatic Wisdom: How the Culture Wars Divert Education and Distract America (Doubleday, 1994)
  • The Bell Curve Debate: History, Documents, Opinions (Times Books, 1995).
  • The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in the Age of Apathy (Basic Books, 1999)
  • Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age (Columbia University Press, 2005)
  • Bloodlust: On the Roots of Violence from Cain and Abel to the Present (Free Press, 2011)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship awarded 1980
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship
  • Andrew Mellon Fellowship
  • Lehrman Fellowship awarded 1999 (Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History)
  • Going Public, Washington Post, by Michael Berube Sunday, July 7, 2002
  • UCLA History Department online biography
  • Russell Jacoby versus Eric Lott Columbia University online March 24, 2006
  • USC Libraries online thumbnail biography
  • Russell Jacoby’s PICTURE IMPERFECT Lauren Langman, Columbia University Press, 2005
External links
  • Scott London's book review of How the Culture Wars Divert Education and Distract America,
  • George Scialabba's book review of How the Culture Wars Divert Education and Distract America, See George Scialabba
  • Biography by Gale Reference Team available through Amazon e-documents
  • Velvet Prisons: Russell Jacoby on American Academia
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

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