Leslie Butler

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of History

Professor Butler primarily teaches courses in American cultural and intellectual history. She received her doctorate at Yale University and taught at Reed College and James Madison College (at Michigan State University) before coming to Dartmouth in 2003.

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Carson Hall, Room C202
HB 6107




  • B.A. University of Rochester
  • M.Phil. Yale University
  • Ph.D. Yale University

Selected Publications

  • Critical Americans: Victorian Intellectuals and Transatlantic Liberal Reform , (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007).

  • “The ‘Woman Question’ in the Age of Democracy: From Movement History to Problem History,” in Joel Isaac, James T. Kloppenberg, Michael O’Brien, and Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, eds., The Worlds of American Intellectual History (Oxford University Press, 2017).

  • “A ‘Badge of Advanced Liberalism’: The Place of Woman Suffrage in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Political Thought,” in Andrew Preston and Doug Rossinow, eds., America’s World: The Transnational Circuitry of U.S. History (Oxford University Press, 2016).

  • “Lincoln as the Great Educator: Opinion and Educative Liberalism in the Civil War Era,” in Don Doyle, Marcus Gräser, and Jörg Nagler, eds., The Transnational Significance of the American Civil War (Palgrave Macmillan; 2016).

    “‘Encountering the Smashing Projectile’: William James on John Stuart Mill and the Woman Question,” in Martin Halliwell and Joel Rasmussen, editors, William James and the Transatlantic Conversation: Pragmatism, Pluralism, and the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

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Works In Progress

American Democracy and 'The Woman Question,'" book-length project.