Dr Tom Arnold-Forster

Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College
Dr Tom Arnold-Forster

I'm interested in the political, intellectual, and cultural history of the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. Most of my research explores debates about democracy from the early twentieth century, though I've also worked on midcentury literary culture and on the history of jazz. I'm currently writing an intellectual biography of the journalist and theorist Walter Lippmann.

For undergraduates, I mostly teach Paper 24 in Part I: the History of the United States since 1865. I've also taught Papers 1 and 5 in Part II: Historical Argument and Practice, and Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c. 1890. For graduate students, I teach a course on "Democracy in American Historiography" for the MPhil in American History.

In 2019-20, I'll be away from Cambridge on a long-term fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago.


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Harvey Court
Gonville and Caius College
West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DS


Key Publications

"New Histories of American Newspapers," Historical Journal (forthcoming).

"Democracy and Expertise in the Lippmann-Terman Controversy," Modern Intellectual History 16, No. 2 (2019): 561-92.

"Dr. Billy Taylor, 'America's Classical Music,' and the Role of the Jazz Ambassador," Journal of American Studies 51, No. 1 (2017): 117-39.