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Eleanor Thompson

Research Fellow
Eleanor Thompson

Eleanor's research focuses on the early twentieth century United States and is principally concerned with the intellectual and political histories of the Progressive and New Deal eras, especially elements of continuity in the reform activity between the two periods.

Her doctorate examined the social reconstructionists – a group of radical professional educators centred on Teachers College, Columbia University, during the interwar years, who counted the philosopher John Dewey and progressive historian Charles A Beard among their number.  She is currently revising parts of the thesis for publication.  Future research projects include a study of American progressive intellectuals in China’s Early Republic (1911-1928).