Professor Gary Gerstle elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Paul Mellon Professor of American History Emeritus joins illustrious community of innovative thinkers

Professor Gary Gerstle has been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He joins notable Academy members from every field of human endeavour, including more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Professor Gerstle - who arrived at the University of Cambridge in 2014 after a three-decade career in the United States - is currently Paul Mellon Professor of American History Emeritus, Paul Mellon Director of Research in American History, and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He is a historian of the 20th century, with substantial interests in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences - founded in 1780, during the American Revolution - recognises and celebrates the excellence of its members.

It is also an independent research centre convening leaders from across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to examine new ideas, and address issues of importance to the nation and the world.

Academy members have helped set the direction of research and analysis in the humanities and arts, science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy, and education.

Gerstle is among 250 new members elected in 2024. Each is invited to uphold the Academy’s mission of engaging across disciplines and divides.

joins the University's History Faculty colleagues Peter Mandler, Professor of Modern Cultural History, and Erika Lee, visiting Pitt Professor of American History 2023-24, as current members in the field of History.

Image: An Induction ceremony held at Memorial Hall, Harvard University. Credit: American Academy of Arts and Sciences