Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor of Political Science; Associate Professor of Sociology; Associate Professor of Law, Director American Studies Program
Sarah E. Igo is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies, as well as the inaugural Faculty Director of E. Bronson Ingram College. She received her A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in History from Princeton University.
Professor Igo's primary research interests are in modern American cultural and intellectual history, the history of the human sciences, the sociology of knowledge, and the history of the public sphere. Her first book, The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public (Harvard University Press, 2007), explores the relationship between survey data—opinion polls, sex surveys, consumer research—and modern understandings of self and nation. An Editor’s Choice selection of the New York Times and one of Slate’s Best Books of 2007, The Averaged American was the winner of the President's Book Award of the Social Science History Association and the Cheiron Book Prize as well as a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award of the American Sociological Association. Igo’s second book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2018), traces U.S. debates over privacy from “instantaneous photography” in the late nineteenth century to today’s debates over social media and big data. Winner of the 2019 Merle Curti Award for Intellectual History, The Known Citizen was named one of the Washington Post’s “notable non-fiction books” of 2018. Igo is also a co-author of Bedford/ St. Martin’s American history textbook, The American Promise.
Professor Igo teaches a wide range of courses in modern U.S. cultural and intellectual history at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She joined the Vanderbilt history department after seven years at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was Associate Professor of History and the recipient of the Richard S. Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching.
HIST 1420 U.S. Post-1945: Cold War to the Present
HIST 3000W The History Workshop
HIST 2750 American Intellectual History Since 1865
HIST 6410 Readings in American History: Civil War to present
HIST 8055 Methods in Legal History
HIST 8110 The History of Modern Social Knowledge
HIST 8750 Topics in American Cultural History
HIST 398 Dissertation Seminar