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Isaac Kramnick

Isaac Kramnick recently retired as the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government at Cornell, where he taught since 1972. He taught and wrote principally in the area of English and American political thought and history.

The author or editor of some twenty books, Isaac cowrote, with Glenn C. Altschuler, the recently published Cornell: A History, 1940–2015. His Bolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole won the Conference of British Studies Prize for best book on British politics.

Isaac has received numerous awards, fellowships, and honors. He is a fellow of Britain’s Royal Historical Society and served in 1989 as president of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At Cornell he has received the Clark Award for distinguished teaching, the Steven Weiss Prize for teaching, and in 1996 he was chosen through student ballots to be the Cornell Sun’s “favorite professor of the year.”