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Sarah Igo: "Citizens and Social Knowledge" | Havens Center

Sarah Igo: "Citizens and Social Knowledge"

Sarah E. Igo (Ph.D. History, Princeton University) is Associate
Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.  An
intellectual and cultural historian of the twentieth-century United
States, she has gravitated toward questions related to the history and
sociology of knowledge.  Her first book, The Averaged American:
Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public  (Harvard University
Press, 2007) explores the relationship between survey data—opinion
polls, sex surveys, consumer research—and modern understandings of self
and nation.  Igo was the recipient of the 2006 President’s Book Award
of the Social Science History Association and has held fellowships from
the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned
Societies, the Whiting Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.  Igo is
currently at work on a cultural history of modern privacy, examined
through legal statutes, technological innovations, professional codes,
and re-imaginings of domestic life.