Fergus Selsdon Games

PhD Candidate in American History

I am a History PhD candidate at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge. My project - provisionally titled: 'Imagining Progress: John Dewey and Democracy in Postwar America' - aims to offer the first intellectual history of philosopher and social critic John Dewey’s (1859-1952) afterlives in the postwar US. Narrating a series of criss-crossing revivals in his intellectual and cultural reputation, the dissertation asks: how did America think after Dewey? My research is supervised by Prof. Gary Gerstle and sponsored by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership and the Isaac Newton Trust.

Prior to Cambridge, I received a BA in Politics and Modern History (University of Manchester) and an MA in United States Studies: History and Politics (UCL). My MA dissertation work centred on ‘textbook activism’ and 1960s-80s conservative education politics in the American South.

My broader research interests lie within the fields of twentieth-century US Intellectual and Cultural History, American Political Thought, Pragmatist Philosophy and Historical Theory.


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